CROMWELL, Conn.—Many companies are quickly making arrangements for employees to work from home and these actions are creating an even higher risk for people to be targeted by scammers, especially through phishing emails or through an unsecured network connection.
Scammers are taking advantage of the fact that many employees are now working from home and no longer have the luxury of walking over to their boss's desk or calling them on their office phone to confirm a request or ask questions.
Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams
impersonate emails that appear to come directly from the boss or human resources. While this is a common scheme, scammers constantly change their approach and use current events as a way to convince the recipient to take action. Compromised business emails may be used to request payments for things such as reimbursements, bogus invoice payments, or office equipment. They may also target HR employees by requesting they send direct deposit information or tax details for all employees to the CEO for a "stimulus bonus" or some other phony reason.
BBB urges businesses and at-home workers to consider the following suggestions to avoid being victimized:
If you believe your business has been compromised, don’t wait. Take quick action to ensure that further exposure is limited and do not be afraid to ask for help.