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Sophisticated fraudsters are conning Small Businesses out of their money by using Cybercrime!

1. Hackers are targeting small businesses, which often don’t have IT departments!

A third of small businesses have suffered a cyber-attack in the past 12 months, according to the government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2016.

Many attacks begin with an employee opening an email containing malicious software or ‘malware’. Although many people may be aware of suspicious emails, these scams have become more difficult to recognise, because fraudsters will often research their victims for weeks beforehand before pressing the ‘Send’ button and launching their attack.

Using freely available information on websites, social media or online forums, hackers gain personal information on their victim to craft sophisticated email frauds aimed at scamming a business out of money, holding it to ransom or stealing sensitive data.

In the hands of a skilled operator, fake emails can be made to look almost exactly like the genuine article. Often, you will not know that you have been the victim of an impostor email straight away: your computer won’t filter it as junk mail and you will not receive a ransom note.

The first time you might notice something is wrong is usually when customer informs you that you have been emailing them strange requests or that they haven’t been receiving emails that you have tried several times to send. This is normally far too late and the damage has already been done.

But how easy can it really be to force companies into parting with cash or duping them into making payments into unauthorised accounts?

Very, is the simple answer.

Over the next 4 blogs we will inform you of the most common types of sophisticated frauds that cybercriminals use to get money from people.

At FGS we see lots of clients who become targeted by fraudsters on a daily basis.

As standard practise our maintenance contract clients benefit from the latest benefits in cybercrime fighting technology delivered via our Managed Workplace AVG products, but companies still need to implement basic procedure to make sure they’re safe.

To find out how our Managed Workplace AVG products, can help you protect your business please give us a call at FGS Services to find out more.

Tel: 01274 973600 or email

Speak to Fred for: Bespoke Software, AVG Managed Workplace, Sage, IT Hardware and DarkLight future proofed Internet!