Scammers using Fensa name are causing concern to small businesses.
Just as in all walks of life, scammers are always keen to defraud you of your cash. Obviously they don’t ask for your money, they just say we have some an it needs to be paid into your account, so lets have your bank details. As simple innocent request that catches many unsuspecting owner or accounts department. Frighteningly there are enough trusting employees, who diligently comply with such requests, to make this a profitable past time for the scammers.
It seems Fensa companies have been the target of scammers as they have obtained the company name, phone number or even the membership number of the company concerned, prior to making contact, that way they sound more official. I doubt it will be long before other competent person schemes are also targeted, just remember the sort of information that’s already out on the web, anyone can access and then use to pretend they are someone else!
NEVER give details out to someone on the phone, unless and until you have personally made contact yourself, preferably via a separate phone line or mobile etc. NEVER give any information of any kind to anyone phoning you, UNLESS you are 100% happy you know who you are talking to. Scammers sometimes hold the line open then pretend to be the organisation you are phoning.
So what should you do?
Scammers using Fensa name will sound official but if you have any doubts contact Fensa yourself, or call the police by dialling 101 and give the crime number: NFRC151101236514, and also to report it to FENSA by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or you can always call Fensa on 020 7645 3700 fax them via 020 7407 8307
If you want help to protect your business try, http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/small-businesses-know-your-business