Owning a small business is hard work, and scammers are hoping you’re too busy to notice the red flags in their proposal.

Who Is It Targeting: Small business owners

What Is It: An RFP contract scam that infects your network with a virus

What Are They After: Many small businesses rely on new contacts to keep their doors open, so when they receive an email with a proposal for a new business connection, it’s hard to ignore it. Everything about the emails looks and acts like a genuine “request for proposal,” but when the recipient clicks the included link for more information, it installs a virus instead.

How Can You Avoid It:

  • Make sure you’re checking out all business contacts thoroughly before accepting email attachments or links.
  • Be sure that your company uses the strongest antivirus software you can buy.
  • Update your team regularly on the dangers of clicking on links or opening attachments.

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from BBB.org.