Be on alert for fraudulent emails that request wire transfer payments. These emails are implied to come from persons of authority (Deans, Directors, VPs, etc.).
Example of a recent fraudulent message:
From: <Dean of Faculty>
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM
To: <recipient’s email address removed>
I’m in a meeting at the moment and I need you to assist in processing a payment to a vendor for a consulting service for $20,850. Can I send the details?
Actions to Take
Keep an eye out for unusual requests originating from non-UBC email accounts and ensure that all documentation has been thoroughly reviewed and verified prior to processing the item for payment.
Speak with your supervisor and clarify the steps and any safeguards on how he/she might ask you to perform such actions via email to ensure the request is authentic.
Please see the alert below from FS-ISAC (Financial Services sector) for the types of attempted fraud that we’re seeing against UBC.
If you receive a suspicious email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.