McCracken County Sheriff’s Department warns of ‘CEO fraud’ and email spoofing

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department says it wants to warn you about a scam targeting companies. 

The sheriff’s department says it wants you to be aware of a scam called "CEO fraud" or "insider spoofing" in which a hacker gets as much information as possible about a company and about employees in senior roles, including what their office hours are, who works under them, what there responsibilities are, and their contact information. 

Deputies say the hacker will email the company’s finance officer, claiming to be the senior employee/boss, and ask the finance officer to initiate a money transfer to the hacker’s bank account. Sometimes the scammer spoofs the boss’ email address, meaning the address the message came from appears to be the boss’ official email address. 

The scammer hopes the finance officer will feel pressured to send the transfer right way, deputies say, without contacting their boss directly to verify that the request is real. 

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department says if you get an email like this asking you to transfer money from your company, to verbally double check that it’s real with the person the email appears to be from. 

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