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Invoice fraud

Invoice fraud is where a fraudster, posing as an existing supplier, asks for changes to be made to the banking details you hold for them in your organisation’s payment system.

This will typically happen in an exchange of emails. Once the new account details are in place any subsequent payment will not reach your true supplier because it is automatically diverted into the pockets of the fraudster.

Criminals are using increasingly sophisticated ways to make their email approaches more convincing. For example, they will try to find out when you make regular payments and then use doctored versions of real supplier emails to infiltrate genuine email chains. Any organisation that makes details of its commercial relationships publicly available – perhaps by listing suppliers on its website – is particularly vulnerable to invoice fraud.

Read Fraud Advisory Panel - Invoice Fraud: A Beginner’s Guide To Anti-Fraud Measures