Business Email Compromise

What You Can Do

Business email compromise, also known as CEO impersonation fraud, is a type of fraud where the fraudster pretends to be a senior executive from your organisation. They will send an email to an employee to try to trick them into doing something, like making a payment to either an existing or new client or supplier.


  • The fake emails are well crafted, can be sent from compromised email accounts and may look like they have come from someone you know, generally a senior executive at your company.
  • The fraudster usually pressurises you into acting quickly and without thinking.
  • Typically, the fraudster instructs you to make an urgent high value payment to a supplier or creditor, and usually includes the payee details, including the IBAN.
  • Often the payee account is located overseas.
  • The fraudster usually advises in the email that they will not be available for the following number of hours or days, perhaps running to a meeting or catching a flight and that the payment must be sent immediately.

  • Be sceptical of urgent requests that do not follow typical company procedures and policies.
  • Always verify that the email is from the real sender. Call them before acting on the request.
  • Establish a documented internal process for requesting and authorising all payments. You may need to review existing internal procedures.
  • Consider how your business issues and accepts payment instructions. Email is not considered a secure means of communication unless encrypted.
  • Phone numbers quoted in the suspicious email should not be trusted; verify the contact internally before making any payment.
  • Notify the Bank immediately if you receive a suspicious email relating to payments, or An Garda Síochána if you think you have been the victim of fraud.

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