Five scams to watch out for
The bitcoin blackmail email
Scammers send emails to victims containing details of actual passwords belonging to them and claim they have infected their computer with malware and recorded the victim watching pornography and will widely distribute the recording unless bitcoin is transferred.
Criminals send apparently innocuous mails to companies, which look like they come from regular suppliers. The email seeks no money and is an administrative alert letting the recipient know the bank details for the supplier have changed. Payment systems are updated. Weeks pass before a legitimate invoice from the supplier arrives and is paid, but to the wrong bank account.
The invoice scam
Scammers use social media to find out who the chief executives and senior financial staff are in companies and send bogus emails purporting to be from bosses to financial staff instructing them to transfer money into numbered bank accounts.
The chief executive scam
This sees scammers leaving missed calls from mysterious numbers on mobile phones. When calls are returned they are diverted to premium rate numbers overseas, to the victim’s cost.
The Wangiri fraud
Any email from a bank, the National Lottery, Netflix, Revenue or Ebay or whoever asking for key details, such as passwords or bank account numbers, so they can update accounts with enhanced security features or send money should be treated with extreme caution. No reputable organisation will ever contact anyone in such a way.