Grab a pastry and find out why from Steve Goddard at Featurespace.
In March, a bakery owner in South West England received a curious SMS from her bike courier.
The baker, whose canelés are famous in her city, supplies pastries to nearby cafes and other bakeries. She relies on couriers to get fresh pastries to those businesses early in the morning, and the bakery and the courier service have a years-old partnership.
So, it wasn’t surprising that she received an SMS from the courier asking for shipment details. It was surprising, however, when the courier asked for her banking details. That’s when a red flag went up, and the baker called the courier service.
It turns out scammers had spoofed the courier’s phone number and had been requesting bank details from all of their customers. This is known as an authorized push payment scam, and it is one of many types of fraud on the rise in the UK.