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There are many ways for employees and fraudsters to take from you your hard earned cash, intellectual property, clear out your bank accounts and even defraud you your other assets such as you trading stock and retail products. The way this is generally done is through convincing yet fraudulent/ manipulated and deceptive documentation. Documents such as those provided to a purchasing officer by service providers can be made to look attractive by making the documentation of other providers less attractive and thus allow a purchasing officer to fool you into believing that quotes you have received are competitive when they are not and at the same time receive a secret commission.
You should never e-mail documents that prove your identity such as drivers licenses and passports. Protect your date of birth at all costs. Once a clever fraudster has these, they virtually have your identity and can cut and paste photos of themselves or other persons over the existing photos or even use them and pretend they are you to defraud others.
One would hope by now that any e-mails you receive that offer large sums of money just for assisting someone to deposit some alleged fortune that has somehow come their way, are now well and truly ignored and deleted. These are generally referred to as Nigerian Scams and mostly originate out of Africa however there is a recent shift of this type of fraud to Mexico the U.K. and South America.
Letters that allege they are from a bank, just because you may happen to have deposits with this bank, should also be disregarded. Lets face it, with only 4 major banks in this country, they have a 25% chance of getting lucky when they send an unsolicited e-mail. Banks rarely send e-mails of this type, particularly ones that ask you to verify your account numbers and passwords.
The fact that someone has details about you doesn’t necessarily mean they obtained those details from you or from doing business with you. Clever fraudsters search discarded rubbish from bins at night and steal you mail from your letter box to gain this information and if they obtain a copy of a bank statement then they most likely have your account numbers and balance. All they need then is your password.
It is not uncommon for these fraudsters to scan in your stolen bank statements and send them to you via a fabricated bank e-mail complete with logos that they have cut and pasted form the internet. The really smart ones even provide a telephone number for you to call to verify that the e-mail is genuine. The phone will answer and a voice will cleverly convince you that you have in fact called your bank. Always check the number and see that it corresponds with those of your bank. If it doesn’t then its likely to be a fraud.
Keep watching our website for regularly updated information regarding the latest scams.