Have you noticed recently that more and more phishing and other scam emails are being populated through your emails?  I know I have.  If I count how many emails I have received over the past month and how rich I would become, I wouldn’t be writing this.

Another more concerning phishing scam is now being detected – a fake email from your boss or employer.  In one email I received the email asked me to ‘process a wire transfer for me today’.  I suppose unless you are asked by your employer to transfer money regularly or it’s a part of your job, this email may come as a surprise.  However, you may be surprised to learn that many people will answer the email unaware that this email isn’t from your boss but a scammer.

Another recent email scam is where the author appeals to the religious side of the person requesting they communicate with them as they have money that they believe belongs to them.

It is not uncommon to hear that the elderly or more vulnerable take this opportunity to communicate with these scammers who then find themselves sending money to these people.  If you have or know of someone who maybe susceptible to believing these emails, please make sure that you educate them.

STOPline IT forensic receive calls similar to this asking advice about what to do and in some cases the reason we receive the call in the first place is because the email has been answered and money has been transferred.  So please before you do anything don’t answer the email and ask yourself is this real or could this be a scam.  If its too good to be true then it probably is.

If you need any assistance or would like some advice about phishing emails or scam emails or you know of someone who has fallen victim to these types of emails, please feel free to contact the forensic team at STOPline on (03) 9882 4550 or by email at forensic@stopline.com.au or visit our website at www.stopline.com.au