How to Spot a BEC (Business Email Compromise) Scam

How to spot a Business Email Compromise Scam

Business Email Compromise Scams are hitting small businesses more than ever. You may have direct experience with this type of cybersecurity attack, but if you’re fortunate enough to not have yet, here’s a few red flags to look for in the email:

A sense of urgency

Is there a “high priority” level selected to accompany the email, or is a sense of urgency expressed within the text of the email itself?

A “spoofed” name in the “from” box


Check out the full email address associated with the name used in the “from” field – the sender’s email address should be consistent with the domain of the actual sender. Here’s a good article on spoofed names.

A financial request or request for gift cards

Does the message include a request to purchase something or send or transfer funds? The purchase of gift cards are a frequent request by scammers, due to their widespread availability and non-traceability.

See our recent Cybersecurity Awareness Newsletter for more details and tips!

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