Business account takeover fraud warning
Fife police has issued a warning about an account takeover fraud targeted at local businesses.
Fraudsters are posing as genuine customers or suppliers to gain access to and control of business bank accounts and services.
Detective Sergeant Hazel Crielly, from the Force's Economic Crime unit, said, "Although there have not been any instances of this type of fraud reported in Fife, I would like to warn local business of a fraud which has happened elsewhere.
"Credits cards, email accounts and even the accounts of internet service providers have been targeted and taken over.
"Genuine account holders are often unaware that their account has been taken over until it's too late and criminals have emptied the account."
DS Crielly said the crime is widespread and both local authority and private sector companies are being targeted.
She advised, "Do not provide any information over the telephone or via the internet without confirmation of identity.
"No legitimate company would contact businesses in this manner. Protect your company.
"Never pass bank or supplier details to unsolicited callers or contacts. If you are in any way unsure contact your bank and your suppliers immediately."
If you believe your company has been the victim of fraud contact the police on 01592 418900 and seek further advice.