Your business tech is under attack from fake vendor email phishing scams just as much as your personal accounts.

Who Is It Targeting: Businesses and organizations

What Is It: Fake vendor emails that appear to be a genuine business communication

What Are They After: Any business owner or organization leader can dread a message that they have missed an important deadline or did not file a required document. After all, mistakes like that can be costly. The California Department of General Services has issued a warning that scammers have been posing as part of a government compliance agency and contacting small businesses with fake vendor emails that send threats about failing to submit the required information.

How Can You Avoid It:

  • Never click a link, download a file or open an attachment unless you were expecting it or have confirmed it
  • Be on the lookout for fake websites that ask you to input sensitive information like usernames or passwords
  • If you are ever in doubt, ignore the message and go directly to the website for the agency that appears to be contacting you for help

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft or a phishing attack from fake vendor emails, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at 888.400.5530. You can also live chat with an advisor. Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from

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