New Scam Alert
The BPMA have been made aware of a recent scam that we would like to bring to your attention.
We understand that an enquiry for plain gildan t-shirts is circulating and is being made by email or through social media.
Emails are addressed “To whom it may concern”
The buyer advises that they will collect the goods. Payments for the goods are bouncing and members have not be able to contact the customer again.
This appears to be an old scam that is resurfacing.
We strongly advise that members are extra cautious with enquiries, specifically when a Gmail or similar email account is used for an enquiry, requesting large quantities of plain stock and who do not provide any company details. Look at the language used within the email too as this is often a tell tale sign that something is not quite right.
If you have been a victim to this scam or any other scam, the BPMA advise that you contact the National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre – https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you become aware of any scam affecting the supply chain
What should you do if you’ve received a scam email?
- Do not click on any links in the scam email.
- Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.
- If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
- Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.
- If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank.(Source: Action Fraud)
Spotting fake emails
- Scam emails may display some of the following characteristics:
- The sender’s email address doesn’t tally with the trusted organisation’s website address.
- The email is sent from a completely different address or a free web mail address.
- The email does not use your proper name, but uses a non-specific greeting like “dear customer”.
- A sense of urgency; for example, the threat that unless you act immediately your account may be closed.
- A prominent website link. These can be forged or seem very similar to the proper address, but even a single character’s difference means a different website.
- A request for personal information such as user name, password or bank details.
- The email contains spelling and grammatical errors.
- You weren’t expecting to get an email from the company that appears to have sent it.
- The entire text of the email is contained within an image rather than the usual text format.
- The image contains an embedded hyperlink to a bogus site.