Imagine this. You get back from a lovely holiday abroad. And on a routine check of the business’s bank account, you see a payment for £5.5k made to a supplier you don’t recognise.
So you check with Sandra in accounts. And her words make you feel sick.
“You asked me to pay it last week, boss. You emailed me and said it was a new supplier and the payment was urgent. It seemed a bit weird, but I paid it anyway”.
This is a real scam. It’s where hackers gain access to the boss’s email, and play the long game.
They watch and learn how the boss likes to communicate. Then wait for them to be out of contact for a while. And send an email, pretending to be them, with a new payment request.
There’s usually an element of urgency to it. Many staff just pay it, rather than risk annoying the boss on holiday…
There are a number of ways to prevent something like this from happening. Some are technology; others are training. Really, you need a mix of both.
We can help you with this. Helping to protect businesses from cyber crime is what we do.