It appears fraudsters are using the ‘change of banking details’ scam more frequently and it is advised that any such notification from a supplier is double-checked directly with the supplier’s accounts department, before payment is made.
Recently, such a letter was received by a client of Slavepak (Pty) Ltd.
The letter was titled ‘Important Update’ and addressed to ‘Dear Valued Customer’. It claimed to be a friendly reminder to pay due accounts and stated that Slavepak (Pty) Ltd had changed their banking details.
A further letter on an FNB letterhead, date stamped by FNB, and signed by Business Manager: Lisa Meyer (non-existent) confirmed that Slavepak (Pty) Ltd was a client of FNB and that the (fraudulent) banking details were correct.
Slavepak’s client duly made the payment and has subsequently lost company money to the fraudsters.
Please note that the criminal element working within the office products industry seems to have access to both member information and inside bank operators’ support, along with inked stamps, and therefore has the ability to make documentation appear legal.