It is a slippery slope when as a business owner you deal with different types of entities. Criminals are always looking for ways to take advantage of notifications, websites and links. Yesterday, I received an alert from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (https://comptroller.texas.gov/) regarding criminals who are impersonating and sending phishing emails under the premise of bid notifications. The details of the email are as follows:
Fraud Emails Purporting to be from Statewide Procurement Division (SPD)
If you are a State vendor, the Comptroller’s Statewide Procurement Division (SPD) has reported fraudulent emails being sent as bid notifications. These appear to come from SPD staff addresses with subject lines and email contents as follows:
- Email 1 appears to be from Amy Comeaux, Procurement Policy, and Outreach Manager and contains the subject line “Bid Notification (State of Texas).”
It asks the recipient to click on a link to update recent contact information and to upload bid files. It also instructs the recipient to “look out for the next e-mail” if the recipient is not taken to the “contract bid information.” Be very careful when clicking on links since it is an easy way to infect your machine with a virus, or to redirect your brower to a phising website where they can capture your login information.
- Email 2 appears to be from Vincent T. Lake, Program Coordinator CMBL Program, and contains the subject line “Annual Renewal.”
It asks the recipient to open the attachment.
These fraudulent emails appear to come from official Texas Comptroller email addresses and provide actual email addresses and phone numbers in the signature lines.
What can you do?
- Do NOT click on any active links or any attachments in the emails.
- If you have any question regarding the authenticity of an email from SPD staff, contact the Outreach Team at 512-475-5370.
- If you have any questions about this message, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luis Delgado is a father, husband, community resource, speaker, and entrepreneur who founded The Critical Update, inc (TCUINC) in 2003. TCUINC is a technology consulting firm that has evolved from basic computer support to affordable technology consulting, network management, outsourced IT and cybersecurity. Our clients come from every industry in Central Texas. Luis is a certified HIPAA professional and is focused on helping business owners create more jobs for Texas families.