Important Service Disruption:
NBT Bank has recently noticed an increase in a type of fraud referred to as “Business Email Compromise or BEC”, and the way in which fraudsters are targeting businesses continues to change. Most often there is an attempt to get funds out the door via wire or ACH although other channels such as check could also be attempted.
Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams happen when an email account is compromised or spoofed, and an employee is convinced to wire money to a fraudster. The fraudster is able to fool an employee into submitting a wire transfer by posing as a supplier, vendor, co-worker, or business partner, and the email request may look like it is coming directly from your supplier, or may be part of an email chain you have had with your legitimate supplier in the past. When submitted, the transaction appears to be completely legitimate to the company's financial institution, and confirmation calls or other methods of verification may not be effective if verification is being made to the employee who submitted the request, as this employee believes they have been communicating with an established supplier or sales representative.
Always verify a request with a phone call to the individual who is sending it to you at a known number. Trust your gut! If something feels off about the communication; email signatures, grammar, spelling errors, request coming from someone who normally wouldn’t request this, etc. Don’t send any money without verifying.
How to protect yourself:
If you have any questions, please contact NBT Bank Cash Management Support at 1-800-NBT-Bank (628-2265), option 8.