We have been alerted by the Metropolitan Police in London that details of the Hyve Group are being used for fraudulent purposes. This practice is popularly known as phishing (or physhing).
The subject matter of the bogus emails focuses on Hyve’s need to recruit overseas agents.
*** Hyve does not recruit agents via unsolicited email or fax campaigns ***
Recent information suggests that the fraudsters are requesting newly recruited agents.
Anyone interested will receive a cheque for a large amount of money (this cheque is fake and will bounce) from a fake company who is allegedly a client of the fraudsters.
Victims get to receive a 10% commission for their efforts in processing the transaction, forwarding a cheque worth 90% of the transaction to the fraudsters.
The fake cheque will bounce and the fraudsters disappear. DO NOT exchange personal or company bank account details, or send cheques to anyone recruiting agents via email or fax on behalf of Hyve.
The fraudsters often use Hyve Fabric Trading Company as their disguise. This company does not exist.
If you are unfortunate enough to receive any unsolicited correspondence of this nature, we strongly advise that you delete or ignore it.
If you would like to check the validity of any correspondence that purports to be from Hyve, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about ‘phishing’, please visit the Anti Phishing Working Group at www.antiphishing.org
For more details about this specific type of scam (known as 419 advance fee fraud), visit www.met.police.uk/fraudalert/419.htm