Businessman’s warning over online scam
A businessman has urged others to be alert after online scammers tried to steal cash from his customers.
Fraser Watson Electrical and TV Aerial Services, in Turriff, appeared to send out invoices by e-mail to people who had recently had work done in the town.
But last night Mr Watson said he sent no such message. And the elaborate ploy by scammers, he has warned, could result in people losing money.
He has since posted the authentic-looking letter online alongside a message to existing customers to not open the e-mail.
Mr Watson said: “One customer printed it off and showed me it - it’s a worry. I’m just trying to do the right thing. Another local business got in touch with me to say they had received this scam as well. I’ve been in business 15 years and this is the first time this has happened.”
The e-mail comes amid a busy spell for Mr Watson’s business with 4G masts going up locally, which may have provided the scammers with the opportunity to strike.
The fake e-mail can be recognised by the contact details it provides for Mr Watson’s business. It states “your invoice reminder” before linking to a German language website.
Fraser Watson has issued a warning about scammers