Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Beware - They Are Scammers after Your Cash; IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Beware - They Are Scammers after Your Cash; IN ASSOCIATION WITH

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QI AM a national charity's local branch treasurer, a very small cog in a large organisation. While the charity has millions in income, we have tiny amounts from coffee mornings, book sales and similar activities. It's almost all petty cash - our bank account gets used once in five years as the charity pays for big items.

So why have I started to get invoices addressed either to me or to the local branch itself from random companies I have never heard of? We had one from a firm in Australia. And others from UK organisations. What is this about? Jennifer C ATHIS is a sophisticated phishing attempt designed to get at your bank account. Charities and small businesses are targeted with emails claiming an invoice - usually around PS300 to PS500 - is due. The companies are generally real but have no involvement in this racket. Their names are hi-jacked with links to websites that are real. The Australian firm makes specialist horse riding gear and only sells in Australia although you might have thought the one which apparently came from a sign maker in the West Midlands could have been genuine as you have bought banners. …

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