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There has been a sharp increase in the number of emails being sent to accounts departments claiming that an outstanding invoice needs paying or that you’re due a refund on a payment you’ve made.

DO NOT click any links on the email or reply to the email.  Mark the email as junk or spam and delete it.

The sample email above is one that our accounts team received.  Look at the red arrows in that image and you’ll notice that the ‘From‘ and ‘Reply to‘ addresses are NOT the same.  They are deceptively close – el and le in myparceldelivery.com and the ‘From’ does appear to be a bonafide company.  But there is no company called myparcledelivery.com in the ‘Reply to’.

fake email 2

In this email you can see that the ‘From’ t in skynetworldwide.com has been changed to l in the ‘Reply to’.  Again, skynetworldwide appears to be a bonafide company and the address in the email signature matches the address on the website.

These two examples were fairly easy to spot. We’ve seen some emails doing the rounds that look just like HMRC, banks or bonafide companies by cleverly using their logos, artwork and terminology.

Be careful.  Look before you click.  Investigate before you click.  If you have any doubts, don’t click, speak to a technician.  If you’ve clicked by mistake (it happens to all of us), speak to a technician immediately.

Stay safe – in all ways.

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