Police warn Isle businesses to beware of fraudsters

Police are advising local businesses around the Isle to be aware of cheeky fraudsters operating in the area.

Over the past 12 months professional fraudsters have been duping small and medium sized businesses across the country into revealing details of their online company bank accounts.

Humberside force say no incidents have so far been reported but advice is being issued as a precautionary measure.

They say that using a combination of social engineering and phishing to obtain personal and business details of account managers, offenders call targeted victims purporting to be primarily from Natwest Bankline, an online business banking arm of the Natwest/RBS.

Using information about the victim they have already gleaned through the above techniques, the offenders are then able to convince victims to part with further bank details, which enable their account to be accessed electronically and remotely.

Offenders contact the victim and claim there has been a problem with a payment made from the company bank account, and that they need to provide further details in order to rectify the problem and put the payment through.

Anyone who thinks they may have been approached by fraudsters using this technique is urged to contact Action Fraud using their online reporting tool at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by ringing 0300 123 2040.