E-Mail Fraud can occur in several different ways, but one of the newest forms is people using an email address that is very similar to yours to try and solicit information, payment, or other secure details from others. How it works is a person looking who is looking to gain information from you will purchase a domain name very similar to your own and then email people using that domain name.
For example, if you own adomainname.com, the person will likely purchase a domain name like adomainnames.com. Notice the slight difference with the addition of an “s” at the end of the domain name. This allows the fraudulent person to setup an email address at that domain name and begin emailing people posing as someone from your company or organization. They will send emails from firstname.lastname@example.org asking people for payment, information, or saying that they “have money they want to send to you.”
This is a fraudulent use of domain names and email and is also a violation of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) of 1999. e.g., Shields v. Zuccarini, 254 F3d 476 (3d Cir. 2001) (“[T]he intentional registration of domain names that are misspellings of distinctive or famous names, causing an Internet user who makes a slight spelling or typing error to reach an unintended site”.) This is great example of a specific practice that the ACPA was designed to prohibit.
If anyone at your business or one of your customers has received any email that is not directly from your business, but is very similar, be sure to check the full domain name where the email originated from. Also, be cautious if people are asking to send you money, if they are asking for money from you, or if they ask for any sensitive information.
At Brady’s Business Systems, we are helping you protect your business. Learn more about our Emergency Services here: http://bbsbradys.com/emergency-services/. E-Mail Fraud Protection is just one of the many things that we provide to our clients in our Managed IT & Networking Solutions department. You can read more about Managed IT & Networking Solutions here: http://bbsbradys.com/managed-it-services/ . Contact Us today for any related questions, concerns and/or assistance.
– Peter Avery, is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Brady’s Business System and has over 20 years of experience in the Managed IT & Network Management field.