Warning: Fraudsters are using almost identical e-mail addresses to scam people

By Drum Digital
29 September 2014

People are being defrauded of money by being told that their suppliers have changed banking details.

People are being defrauded of money by being told that their suppliers have changed banking details, the SA Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) warned on Monday. Bank customers received a scam e-mail or letter advising them to make future payments into a new account, Sabric CEO Kalyani Pillay said. The money was then paid to the fraudster and not the supplier.

She said consumers should question whether well-known companies would change their banking details without notifying people through more formal channels.

Sabric recommended that people confirm the new details with a reliable contact person at the supplier and use a contact number from the phone book, not a supplied number.

Fraudsters were using almost identical e-mail addresses to scam people.

It was safer for a company to shred rather than bin their business and suppliers' invoices or communication that contained letterheads.

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