Beware of the following scam – a well spoken person calls your admin department and says he/she is calling from one of your clients, and that their server is down so they have not been able to pay you. Please will you fax through the latest invoice. They may also provide an e-mail account.
They are nowhere near your client, but have accessed your clients database of creditors in some way.
What they then do is to submit the invoice on your behalf – with new banking details.
If the client is not concentrating (or it is a job with inside help), they change the details and make the payment to the scammer.
So, if your ‘client’ is asking for an invoice, check first to see if the caller is legit.
And, if you receive a notice of change of banking details from a supplier, check personally to see if it is legit.
FICA rules seem to work mainly for those who are law abiding.
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