Fraudsters are increasingly taking advantage of the disruption caused by COVID-19 to target businesses. The most common type of scam involves the attacker impersonating one of your suppliers, which will normally look something like this:
If you ever receive an email asking for a payment to be sent to a new bank account, contact the sender via telephone to verify the request. It’s important to be aware that fraudsters:
- Will make the email look like it has been sent from a known contact or supplier
- Can make it look like the request is replying to an earlier email
- Try to make the attempt look as normal as possible – e.g. expected value, normal timing, genuine invoice numbers, etc.