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CEO | Executive

CEO and executive fraud are about leveraging employee's trust and respect for authority in order to defraud the company.

Means of contact

  • Email
  • Text
  • Phone
  • Fax
Description of scam
Using spear phishing techniques, and spoofing email or text addresses, scammers pretend to be from legitimate sources and request that businesses or individuals send them money.

Tactics used
  • Leverage an existing relationship between the sender and receiver
  • Use an email address that's close to what you'd expect 
Requests to look for
  • Purchase of gift cards
  • Large wire transfers
  • Special requests from "head office" 
  • Payroll changes
Additional information
Read our Fraud Files article for a real-life example of this scam.

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