Rick Coe works for a hunting equipment company in Ohio. Last week, he received an email from the owner, a personal friend, that contained an odd request.
“It was a well-written email, said Coe, “My boss was asking for 12 gift cards with a value of $400 each.”
Coe says his boss wanted the gift cards immediately. The email instructed him not to tell anyone because the cards were to be a holiday surprise for key employees.
Coe didn’t know the email was bogus and scammers were posing as his boss. He wrote back to ask if he could use a corporate card to make the purchase and was told that would be OK.
Coe went into a store parking lot and sat for a few minutes before going inside.
“It just didn’t feel right,” said Coe, “The email was well written, but it didn’t have a personal feel to it.”
Coe called his boss several times but was unable to reach him. He eventually called the owner’s son, who said the email address was not his father’s.
“I have heard about all of these scams, but I never thought that I would ever be targeted or fooled,” Coe said.