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Cyber Alert – Business Email Compromise (BEC)

Published: August 9, 2021


Businesses are encouraged to remain vigilant of Phishing emails. Criminals are turning to more sophisticated ways to target you or your business making it harder to detect system intrusion and compromise. BEC can be difficult to spot, especially when the compromised email appears to come from a company or person you have previously dealt with and trust.

Make sure you are aware how organisations/people that you normally work with operate. Noted below are some signs to look out for:

  • Be wary of last minute changes to bank account details and payment dates for invoices.
  • Unusual files being sent and requests to download same.
  • Requests to share your login credentials or log into a new software.

For all your IT equipment make sure the software and firmware is kept up to date with the latest version from software developers.

The National Cyber Security Centre and its counterparts revealed the 30 most routinely exploited vulnerabilities since the start of 2020.


If you receive a request to make an urgent payment, download a file or log into a system or account, take a moment to stop and think.


Could it be fake? Verify all details directly with the company or organisation on a known phone number or in person first.


If you believe you’ve been targeted by BEC follow your organisations procedures for reporting phishing emails. If necessary contact your bank immediately on a number you know to be correct. If you’ve been a victim of Cyber Crime please report to the Police Scotland by calling 101.

For more information on what phishing is and what you can do about it please visit the Keep Safe page of the Police Scotland website or other trusted partners such as Get Safe Online, Take Five or NCSC.

This alert was sent out for your information by Police Scotland
Cybercrime Harm Prevention Unit –

All information was correct at time of distribution. 06/08/2021.

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