Scam emails

It is obvious to most when we receive emails from someone purporting to have $250 million waiting for us to collect that it is a scam email and we just hit the delete key, however scammers are getting much more creative.

An article in the June issue of Consumer about a builder’s email account being hacked, an invoice generated in his name to a genuine client of his but with someone else’s bank account number on the invoice shows the need to be very cautious if you are paying someone and their bank account has changed. This is especially important for businesses who may have someone responsible for ordering work/supplies and someone else for payment of accounts.

So there are two lessons – firstly be very careful when paying invoices and secondly Consumer is a very good organisation and it is worth businesses subscribing to their services so you get a heads-up about any issues and can check out testing they do with things that are used for business, like mobile phones and they have regular expert advice from their technology writer.