Feeds

Watch out for the bogus invoice man

Summertime and the scammin' is easy

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

UK businesses are being warned to be on their guard against bogus invoices for Internet-related services as fraudsters target understaffed firms during the summer.

According to the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA), rogue traders take advantage of senior staff taking leave in the summer to trick more-junior employees into paying what looks like an urgent invoice. In many cases, by paying these invoices, the company actually signs up to a contract which forces it to continue paying for years.

Most of these so-called invoices are subscriptions to print or Internet business directories. Many of the fraudsters identified by the EASA originate in Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Robert Hilty, head of EASA's taskforce tackling rogue traders, said: "Over the last ten years we have noticed a marked increase in fraudulent direct mailings over the summer months. We want to put a stop to this kind of activity and to ensure that from now on those behind it don't profit from it. It is vital that SMEs across Europe are aware of these scams and know how to deal with them."

Firms are advised to watch out for dodgy invoices and to check each one carefully - especially if they're from overseas or from an unknown supplier. ®

Related stories

Online ads draw record complaints
ASA slaps Nodots scam
ASA raps UK Internet Registry

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.