August 13th, 2015

Money transfer scam alert

  We’ve had a client report a ‘near miss’ in a money transfer scam.  One of the client’s finance team received an email which appeared to be from the chief exec asking for them person to transfer funds to a bank account. The email was friendly and informal in tone – addressed the staff member by name – and looked like it was from the chief execs email address.  Fortunately, the member of staff thought it was a bit odd and popped into the chief execs office to query it.  It then was apparent that the email was fake and the ‘from’ address had been spoofed.

Although this isn’t a new scam it does look like it’s increasing in popularity at the moment.

We’d advise vigilance and that staff with payment powers are encouraged to double check anything that is large or unusual.

If you have had any scam issues then please let us know so we can share the details.

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Jonathan trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PWC) in Liverpool before becoming a small business services manager for Grant Thornton in Warrington. He also spent three years as the financial controller for Brookside and Hollyoaks (not that he ever mentions it!).

Jonathan is recognised as a specialist in the entertainment industry and is often called upon to provide training courses and seminars for media professionals. He's also a bit of a technology geek and has been recognised with the accountancy industry as one of the most progressive accountants in the UK.
Outside of work Jonathan is very proud to be the Treasurer of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and to be on the Council of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)

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