Small business accountants who provide online services report an increase in the number and level of sophistication of various attempted scams presented as business service emails. The emails are typically a purchase confirmation or a request for information about services.
I have received a variety of these myself and find it increasingly difficult to separate legitimate emails of this type from the fraudulent ones. The scammers use data mining technology to pull enough legitimate information into the email to make it seem credible. A wide variety of variations of these scams have been reported in accountants’ online support groups.
One of these scam messages is posted below: