Beware ‘invoice’ email scam to steal bank details –

The attached invoice will look like a standard document or spreadsheet, however to view the file you must enable a “macro”, which is a set of pre-programmed instructions for a computer. This macro installs the malware, which can infect an entire computer network. It logs your online banking details, along with other financial information, before sending it on to the criminals who then attempt to steal money from your accounts.

Financial Fraud Action UK’s top tips

– Be on the lookout for unexpected invoices or unusual payment requests.

– Avoid enabling any macros on an untrusted document.

– If you’re suspicious – don’t reply to the email but instead call your supplier on the number that you have on file to check the authenticity of the invoice.

– Ensure you have the latest anti-virus and security updates installed on your computer and consider using high-level macro security settings in software applications.

– Ensure strong firewalls are in place to help detect malware and prevent data leaving the network without permission.

– Consider using a separate computer dedicated to making online payments to minimise security risks.

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