A Single Email Nets 1.9m Scammer Payoff

Southern Oregon University had a contractor working on a large project on campus. The scammer easily got enough information to request a progress payment from the University. The Email appeared to come from the vendor and everything was in order, but the payment was transferred to the scammer’s account.



How does this apply to you?

Even legitimate payment requests made via Email should be verified prior to making payment, especially if using a wire transfer, eCheck or even a credit card. This type of scam would be impossible to detect without verification. Worse, verification would need to be with a known contact. Calling a phone number on the payment request could result in a negative outcome as well because the scammer could easily be on the other end of the call.



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