Fake Overdue and Past Due Invoice Reminder Emails

Over the past few months I have recieved a number of emails that look like they are from a legitimate UK company, claiming that I have an overdue / outstanding Invoice to pay.

The email looks very legitimate as not only does it have a email signature from a real company but also includes a footer note that suggests the email has been scanned by an antivirus program and that it is certified "clean".

overdue-pastdue-invoice-scam

Unsuspecting recipients will try and open the attached "invoice" only to then infect their computer with a virus.

If you reciveve one of these emails – delete it and dont panic.  Providing you dont open the attachment, your computer is safe.

However, if you end up finding that these spammers/scammers have used your email address to send fake emails – you will probably find out when you start getting bounce back emails and emails from people telling you they dont owe you money! (like I did yesterday)

DONT PANIC…

There is a 95% certainty that they have "spoofed" your email address (setting you as the sender) and have NOT hacked your email or computer.
(Having said that its always worth getting your PC / Email account checked just-in-case)

If it helps, you can ask your email provider (usually your web designer or web hosting company) to setup something called a SPF record, this will help stop people (scammers) from spoofing your email in future.

 

 

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