Busi­ness­man’s warn­ing over on­line scam

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

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

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