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Company reportedly fell victim to million-euro phone fraud

Cases of fraud on the Internet and over the phone have become so commonplace that almost everyone has come across attempts by fraudsters to steal data or money. One particular case was experienced this year, when a million euros were defrauded from a company at one time through the company's accountant, reported Latvian Television May 28.

As the Finance Latvia Association (FLA) – a banking industry membership body – pointed out, companies are exposed to a greater risk of losing larger sums to fraudsters in one go, because they tend to have higher transaction limits than individuals.

In the specific case cited, the accountant of the company had fallen into what was described as a classic trap of telephone fraudsters. Only the huge amount differed from other cases.

Unfortunately however, neither the name of the company nor any details of the fraud perpetrated were given, making it rather difficult to draw any meaningful conclusions beyond a general warning to be vigilant.

"Companies and also company employees who are authorized to make payments need to understand - this should not be a question of distrust, but a question of financial security. In this case, banks have various tools for companies to simplify these processes - these authorized persons have the ability to set lower limits, " said Armands Onzuls, advisor to the Financial Latvia Association.

In addition, for protection, payments can be made from one designated Internet IP address. Also, two-step payment confirmation can be implemented.

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