Scam Story – Fake Email
This email scam costs one company £700,000. If you thought scam emails were easy to spot, think again.
A company accountant received an email from her CEO who was on holiday. It asked for some funds to be transferred in relation to an acquisition which had to be completed by the end of the day. It also mentioned a lawyer would be in touch to give the accountant more detail, which would allow her to carry out the transaction.
As promised, the lawyer got in touch, emailing her what looked like the appropriate letter of authorisation. It had her CEO’s signature over the company’s seal. Everything about the email from her CEO and the lawyer looked and sounded legitimate, and transferring money for acquisitions was a normal part of her role. So she duly followed the instructions and wired more than £700,000 to a bank in China. Trouble is, the CEO and lawyer’s emails were fake.
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