If you are a small business owner, you always have an eye out for your next contract. An RFP (request for proposal) sent to your inbox can be a great chance to win new business. But watch out for scam emails that only look like RFPs.
How the Scam Works:
You get an email with the subject “RFP Proposal” or something similarly general. The message appears to be from a potential client asking you to bid on a new contract. You open the message and download the attached RFP file. In most cases, the attachment seems “real.” The RFP has details about the project and uses a company or government agency name.
The actual scam takes many forms. It may point you to another website to input personal information or request that you download a malware-infected file. Other versions request that you provide bank account information, under the guise of needing payment information. No matter what the con, be sure to delete it.
How to Spot an RFP Scam:
For More Information
Own a small business? Check out this new resource from the Federal Trade Commission www.ftc.gov/SmallBusiness on cyber security and protecting your company from scams.
To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker.