Latest scam sees your boss's email asking for money

21 October 2015

scam There's a new scam knocking about, which sees people being asked for money from one of their bosses. Now, most people don't like their bosses and would think unprintable things if they asked them for money... but we're still going to give you all a warning about it.

Basically, there's emails doing the rounds which are fake, coming from your gaffer's email address, telling them to transfer cash.

The Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) said this particular scam has spiked in the past couple of weeks, and a number of small/medium-sized businesses in the UK have lost between £10,000 and £20,000 as a result.

What happens is, staff will get an email from what appears to be senior management, where they ask for money for a pressing matter, like the need to secure a contract. Any money transferred goes straight in the pocket of the fraudsters.

"While an urgent request from the boss might naturally prompt a swift response, it should in fact be a warning sign of a potential scam," said Katy Worobec, director of FFA UK.

There's a host of advice being doled about about this scam, but Bitterwallet has the only advice you really need - don't lend your boss any money if they ask for it in an email. If they do, ring them up and ask them about it (or tell them to piss off).

TOPICS:   Banking   Scams

2 comments

  • jim
    what idiot sends money to their boss without at least speaking to them about it
  • Rhi
    Have you seen the job posts on this site Jim? Those people would totally fall for it. Of course they've not got jobs so lucky escape really.

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