Scams You Might be Targeted By At Work

Scams You Might be Targeted By At Work

Scams you might be targeted by at work

You may have heard of people falling victim to scams when managing their finances and when handling other personal matters. However, you need to be equally vigilant when at work. In this article, we look at some of the work-based scams you need to be aware of.

Email fraud. This can take various forms, such as someone contacting you claiming that they haven’t been paid for goods and services, to a third party requesting that their account details should be changed. There have even been cases of fraudsters making an email look like it has come from your line manager, or someone further up the reporting line, saying that an urgent payment needs to be made. Always check any payment instruction before actioning it – if the email is from another company, phone them to check, using the main company number rather than any number on the email. (However, see Fake invoice scams below – a verbal confirmation from the sender may not always be sufficient). If the instruction appears to have come from your boss, ask them to confirm this verbally.

Phishing. This type of email fraud involves a request to divulge passwords, account numbers, credit card numbers etc. These spoof emails are often cleverly disguised to make it look as if they come from banks or other organisations you might deal with. A legitimate organisation would never communicate in this way to ask you to give out personal information.

Government agency scams. This involves someone claiming to be from a public body requesting some form of payment, such as a fine, a registration fee or an unpaid tax bill. Again, if you aren’t sure, always check with the organisation that appears to have sent the payment request.

Fake invoice scams. An invoice or bill is sent to a company, requesting payment for goods or services. However, the goods and services may never have been provided, or alternatively, the goods may have been sent to your company without having been asked for.

Domain name scams. You might be contacted and told that you need to pay a sum of money urgently if you want to be able to use a certain internet address.

Spyware / malware. You might receive a communication asking you to download an application. However, when you do, a virus or other malware finds its way on to your computer, and the fraudster is then able to access confidential company information.

Directory scams. Here, the scammer contacts a company asking them to pay to be included in a business directory, magazine or publication. However, if the publication actually exists, then it may have a limited print run.

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