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Businesses Against Scams

05/05/2020

In light of recent events concerning COVID-19 (coronavirus), people are working from home more than ever. Increased stress, less opportunities to talk to colleagues and a different working environment are all things that criminals are using to their advantage to commit fraud. Employees are having to make decisions on their own without verification from their colleagues, making businesses more susceptible to scams and fraud.

There are a number of practical steps companies can take to reduce the risk including:

  • Supporting people to use stronger passwords and setting up two factor authentication
  • Ensuring staff know how to report problems, especially those related to security
  • Creating ‘How to’ guides for new software and tools staff may be using
  • Using VPNs to allow users to securely access the organisation’s IT services

Businesses Against Scams has been set up by the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team and includes a number of resources that companies can share with their employees which can educate them on a variety of common business related frauds, these are:

  • Government grant and tax rebate scams
  • CEO fraud
  • Invoice/mandate fraud
  • Tech support scams

Visit https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/BAS for more information.

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Mill Ride (Off Fernbank Road)
North Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 8JW

01344 266 911