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“Scammers really are social engineers of the highest
order, so it’s vital that business owners and their staff
remain vigilant, and if doubt, double check with their
bank or a source they know is genuine.”
14% of businesses call the number on the invoice to
confirm, meaning they could be playing right into the
Barclays has provided a checklist of key things to
watch out for in common invoice scams:
1. Do your research - When looking to use a new
supplier or purchase from a new seller, make sure you
do the relevant background checks. Our research
showed that 57 per cent of businesses review
overhead costs intermittently throughout the year as
they try to keep outgoings down. When considering
a new supplier, remember that if a deal seems too
good to be true, it probably is.
2. Know your suppliers - It can be hard to spot altered
emails or invoices, especially if it’s from a familiar
supplier. Calling your supplier to check any new
or updated bank details could stop your business
being scammed. However, always find the number
via a separate internet search or your own records
to ensure it’s correct. Our research highlighted that
3. Links and attachments - If you get an unexpected
message or email asking you to follow a link or open
an attachment, use a different method to check this
before doing anything. Our research highlighted that
nearly one in five (19%) open attachments before
reading the email, again leaving them open to being
For more information on how to keep your business
safe from fraud or to learn more about how Barclays
is supporting small businesses, visit the
Barclays Business Health Hub3.
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