New CYE warning over venue enquiry scammers

Following a suspected cyber attack on Cavendish Conference Venues, UK venue and event search engine operator, CYE Group, has issued its second warning on venue enquiry scams.
The company issued its fresh warning, following what it claims are renewed and persistent attempts from criminal fraudsters to dupe UK venues.
 
CYE claims it recently helped thwart an attempt to defraud Cavendish Conference Venues (CCV) which had received a series of communications by email relating to a plausible event enquiry.
The design, said CYE, was to trick the venue into revealing its bank details.
 
“We did think it was genuine and sent them a contract and pro forma invoice so our bank details are on that, but our bank have been informed and thanks to [CYE’s] website we have been able to identify these people as fraudsters,” said CCV Operations Director, Dermot Waldron.
 
CYE Group MD, Ben Gray, said: “Anyone could be sucked in by the genuine nature of this scam, so our industry needs to be vigilant at all times.”
 
Gray added that his company’s webpage offered a facility for checking suspicious enquiries. “Anyone still uncertain that an enquiry is genuine should contact the CYE Group team and we will investigate for them. By working together we can beat the scammers”.
 
There are two common approaches used to scam venues, Gray noted: ‘Phishing’ and ‘False Cheques’. Phishing uses various means to steal financial information. False Cheques seek to trick people into sending ‘refund’ money to the fraudsters after they have deposited false cheques sent to them by the criminals. Essentially, the fraudsters claim they are going to place lots of business with a venue and send money upfront.
 
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