Now that many companies are instituting work from home, this plan opens the door for hackers implementing phishing email attacks. Here are some strategies to use to protect yourself from phishing scams:
- You will most likely have vendors reaching out to you asking to get paid via ACH. You need to verify these via phone call and NOT RELY ON EMAIL ONLY.
- Any request for changing banking info, payroll info (new bank accounts etc), requests for copies of W2 forms/1099 should also be verified via the phone.
- We suggest you also relay this to those who pay YOU and have them practice the same protection above to avoid $$$ that’s supposed to get paid to you to be instead distributed to someone else.
- Wire transfer – should be extra cautious with who the request is coming from and how to handle (phone call verification).