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Top Tips for Spotting Scam Emails

Many of our blogs recently have focused on Ransomware and how to protect your businesses and educate your users. Simple scam emails are often forgotten, we have all received them, ‘A long lost relative in Uganda has left you £1000,0000 please enter your bank details…’ etc. These kinds of emails are still very much alive and they are always finding new ways to contact you personally or your business to try and scam you out of money/ assets.

What would you do if a credible business were to contact you with a large order, the credit rating checks out, the website is live and the business has been around for many years? This sort of email is often a scam and your users need to be educated, from sales to finance, the whole business needs to be on the look out

Educate your team on how to spot the tell-tell signs of a scam email before it has the chance to escalate.

What do ALL scam emails have in common?

  • They are usually from credible companies that you have never heard of – if you look them up they may be a big international company with a website and good credit rating.This tactic instills faith in the ‘company’ and lessens the chance of questions being asked.
  • The email will be for multiple things, never 1 of this or 2 of that, they are always for a large quantity and they will normally be in multiples of 10.
  • Look out for spelling and Grammar – scam emails can include poor English.

These are the consistent signs of a scam email, but there are other things to look out for;

  • Always be wary of an overseas delivery
  • Try calling the phone number that is provided in the email, scam emails often have an overseas dial tone (but do not wait for them to answer, as this could lead to a charge).
  • If you request a future meeting or service, they will always agree without question but will have no intention of committing to anything.

It’s necessary to ensure that any member of your team that deals with purchasing is made aware of what they need to look out for moving forward –  but educating your entire team will decrease the chance of you falling victim to these scams.

Forward this blog to your team to educate them on this form of cyber-crime.

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