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June 28, 2016

Fraud Alert — Growers Being Targeted with Fake Invoice Scam

Western Growers has been made aware of a scam targeting growers by one of our members and we want to alert other members to it. The scammers are using owner’s email addresses and targeting the company controller by submitting fake invoices. We understand this is how it happens:

  • Owner’s email is compromised
  • A new domain is created similar to the legitimate domain name (Spelling may be off; they may insert double letters where there should be only one or substitute similar letters like an ‘N’ for an ‘M.’)
  • An invoice is submitted requesting a wire or ACH payment

One fraudulent invoice was submitted by “Sharon Amos LLC” for “Business consultancy and Services” for $17,600.

Several members have already been targeted, but fortunately the scam was recognized before any payment was ever made.   

Please be sure to check all invoices carefully.  If you have any questions, please contact Jason Resnick at (949) 885-2253.