Dealer Targeted by Scammer
March 8, 2019—One Nashville, Tenn., dealer was tricked by a whaling scam, reported News 4. The scam is called a whaling scam because the fake messages are more advanced than regular "phishing" scams.
Beaman Auto Group was targeted when a scammer tried to get a hold of thousands of dollars in gift cards. A phony email was sent to a Beaman employee and made to appear as though it came from the company's CEO, according to the report.
The message said, "Hello, I need you to complete a task for me discreetly. P.S.: I am in a meeting now and can't talk, so just reply back."
The Beaman employee responded to the fake email saying, "Yes sir. What can I help with?" The scammer emailed back saying they needed $2,000 in Google gift cards for clients. However, they asked the employee to scratch the back of the cards and email pictures of the codes on the cards, which ultimately raised red flags.