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Bank Scam Warning to East Riding Businesses

Pocklington Police

12:44pm 14th June 2013

Police are advising the local business community around the Humberside area to be aware of a fraud technique which is becoming used increasingly across the country.

Over the past 12 months reports have been received up and down the country of businesses being targeted by professional fraudsters who are capable of duping experienced members of small and medium sized businesses into passing on details of their online company bank accounts.

Whilst no incidents have been reported in the Humberside Police area specifically the advice is being issued as a precautionary measure.

Using a combination of social engineering and phishing to obtain personal and business details of account managers, offenders call targeted victims and have purported to be primarily from Natwest Bankline, an online business banking arm of the Natwest/RBS.

Using information about the victim they have already gleaned through the above techniques, the offenders are then able to convince victims to part with further bank details, which enable their account to be accessed electronically and remotely.

Offenders contact the victim and claim there has been a problem with a payment made from the company bank account, and that they need to provide further details in order to rectify the problem and put the payment through.

Offenders are then able to glean the required information to access the account whilst the victim is on the phone, and transfer money into accounts set up by the fraudsters.

Funds have then been dispersed to various other accounts owned/operated/controlled by the fraudsters making tracing the money very difficult.

Anyone who thinks they may have been approached by fraudsters using this technique is urged to contact Action Fraud using their online reporting tool at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by ringing 0300 123 2040.

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