Protect Your Business Against Spoofers and Fraudsters

Defining Threats

So, what are spoofers? They can assume many personas, but what we've seen is that these criminals will often pose as legitimate creditors. They then gain access to your email account and attempt to misdirect cash from the accounts of actual creditors who are owed money by your business. Anything they poach goes straight into their pockets. These crooks can be pretty smooth.

How can you protect yourself and your business against these imposters? Here are a few ways:

  • Double- and triple-confirm any and all wire transfer instructions and subsequent changes; last minute alterations can be a first tipoff to fraud
  • Communicate directly - over the phone - with creditors regarding transfer instructions; emails aren't always reliable
  • Scrutinize emails before clicking links, responding, or confirming sensitive information - spoofers can gain access to legitimate accounts or create accounts that seem real
  • Keep sensitive payment information private, even from trusted third parties - their vendors and employees are often vectors for fraud
  • Do not ignore that uneasy gut feeling - speak with the supposed source of the email if you need assurance of its validity

Beyond a cautious skepticism, we also suggest adding a cyber policy to your business's insurance coverage. That way, if something does happen, you have a better chance of legal recourse.

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Benjamin Calkins

Benjamin Calkins

Ben Calkins is a well-educated, top-rated, and highly experienced business law attorney.

Ben Calkins is an honors graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School. After law school, he clerked for a Federal Judge before joining one of the World’s largest law firms, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. Mr. Calkins has also worked at, and been a partner in, several of the most prominent “old style law firms” in the World.