Scam Watch: The Fake Invoice Scam



Fake invoice emails are on the rise, especially for businesses. Both small and large businesses can be the victim of these fake invoice scams.


Some “Fake Invoice” Scam Examples:

It looks like a well-known company sending you an email showing an expensive purchase you just made, or a subscription that just renewed. However, you have no memory of making this purchase.

The reality: The scammers are trying to get you to call them so they can get your data or scam you in some other way.

Also be on the lookout for people asking for personally identifiable information when they send the invoice, which can be almost anything including your full name, your social security or your bank account number. It can also include statements like “your payment information has changed and we want to update it.”


How to Avoid This Scam:

Any time something seems off with an email invoice you receive, contact the company independently (i.e. not using any links or info in the email) to verify the charge.


Also, learning how to identify a phony phishing email will save you lots of time. The three biggest “fake email” red flags:

  1. The “From” email address is strange;
  2. They don’t state your full name; and
  3. Any typos or grammatical / punctuation errors.

Here is a link from the US Postal Service with more information:


Digital Helpmates offers one-on-one tech tutoring to home and business users at affordable prices. Find out more about our dedicated tech tutoring and Jumpstart Office Teams at

Join our Facebook group. It’s a great place to learn and ask questions!

Find more tips on our YouTube Channel: