There has been an increase in an email invoice scam (like the one above) asking recipients to make payment on an overdue invoice for a product or service they haven’t purchased.

New Zealand businesses and individuals have received invoices from companies they have never dealt with stating that payment is overdue and requesting immediate payment. The amounts the scammers are looking for vary, but the requests are all in Australian dollars and they attempt to impersonate real companies.

Our advice is to be wary opening emails that claim to be from unknown suppliers and to not open the invoices that are in the attached email.

How to protect yourself from an invoice scam

  1. Don’t pay or give out personal information by responding to the email.
  2. If you are a business owner, ensure you have a clearly defined process for verifying and paying accounts and invoices.
  3. Keep your computer security up-to-date.
  4. Let your family and friends know about this scam and how it works so they know how to protect themselves.

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