ATTENTION ACCOUNTS PAYABLE DEPARTMENTS
A new curveball is headed your way. At first glance, it will appear to be an invoice, but beware of the dip to avoid being duped. It’s a solicitation disguised as an invoice and it’s sweeping the nation.
This week alone, we’ve had numerous reports from PhonyInvoices.com community members regarding this scam and have seen multiple warnings from the media. The invoice is from a company named, “DNS Services,” and is charging an annual fee of $65 for DNS backup services, which your company is probably already receiving from another vendor.
Domain-related invoice scams are among the most common types of invoice scams and are sometimes difficult for an accounts payable team to interpret and intercept, because of the technical verbiage used to define the service charges.
Here is an example of what you might see from this company:
From email to mail, this DNS Services scam is showing up everywhere. In the example above, you’ll see a small disclaimer near the bottom of the invoice that identifies it as an offer rather than a bill. The media has encountered a few cases where the disclaimer has not been present on the invoice, which is illegal according to USPS regulations. Alert your accounts payable team to be on the lookout for this scam in all of its guises.
The first step in your defense should be contacting your current website providers. Click here to read how one Georgia resident unveiled the phony.
For more information on domain-related scams, click here. If you have any questions, or if you would like us to help you verify the validity of an invoice you receive, don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com. If you spot an invoice scam, make sure to send us a copy so we can alert our community.
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Kansas City, MO 64105
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