Protecting You from Email Fraud
We are all aware of the many email scams out there—the Nigerian prince seeking to reclaim his fortune; the relative stuck in London needing money to get home; and, the poorly-spelled, urgent alert from "Banc of Amerika." You should be aware, however, of a new fraud that you won't even know is happening to you. It turns out that we stopped one such scam artist ourselves.
My assistant Jessica received an email, allegedly from a client, asking for the balance of his account and requesting us to wire the money to a bank in North Carolina. My client claimed to be unable to speak to us because he was heading out to a funeral. Even though the email address was accurate, the ever-vigilant (and skeptical) Jessica thought something was up and called the client, who said this was a scam—somebody had hijacked his email address. We quickly got Schwab's fraud unit involved.