Advice from the Cyber Crime Team for Businesses in the North East
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The Cyber Crime team at Cleveland Police have been made aware of a number of payment diversion frauds in the North East area and are advising all businesses to be vigilant with any request for money, even if the request is from a trusted sender.
Payment diversion fraud is where a fraudster will send an email to a business pretending to be another company that they are familiar with and ask them to make a payment or change the bank account details. They will often spoof the email address or use a very similar email (for example Microsoft/rnicrosoft or Amazon/Amazön), they will often attach an invoice which is a perfect replica of the cloned business to help convince the recipient too.
Cyber Protect & Prepare Officer, Kelly Close said: “If you receive an email requesting payment or a change of bank details, please check with the business involved by calling them on a number known to you or by speaking to them in person before you make any payments.”