Email scam warn­ing

Albany Extra - - News - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

Busi­nesses are be­ing warned of a scam cir­cu­lat­ing in which in one case a busi­ness has lost $6000.

Re­ports have been made of busi­nesses who have had scam­mers hack­ing into their data­bases and send­ing in­voices out to con­sumers ask­ing for pay­ments.

In one case, a con­sumer paid out $6000 to a scam­mer think­ing the money was be­ing paid to the busi­ness.

Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer Iris Thomas said the hacker gained ac­cess to a busi­ness’ email ac­count or in some cases they would “spoof” a busi­ness’ email so their emails appeared to come from the com­pany concerned.

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