Wire Fraud: Protecting Your Business from a Growing Threat

Posted on: March 7, 2024

Wire fraud is a type of financial fraud that has been on the rise in recent years, with the FBI reporting losses of over $10.3 billion in 2022 alone. As a business, it’s important to take proactive steps to protect yourself from this growing threat. In this blog post, we will discuss what wire fraud is, how it impacts businesses, and what you can do to protect your business from it.

What is Wire Fraud?

Wire fraud is a type of financial fraud that involves the unauthorized transfer of funds from one account to another, often through electronic means. Wire fraud can take many forms, including phishing scams, fake invoices, and impersonation schemes.

Phishing scams involve sending fraudulent emails or text messages that trick the recipient into clicking on a link or downloading an attachment, which then allows the scammer to gain access to the victim’s financial information.

Fake invoices involve sending fraudulent invoices to businesses, often from a legitimate-looking vendor, in an attempt to get the business to pay for goods or services that were never provided.

Impersonation schemes involve a scammer posing as an employee or executive of a business and requesting a wire transfer be made to a fraudulent account.

How Does Wire Fraud Impact Businesses?

The impact of wire fraud can be devastating for businesses, leading to lost revenue, damaged reputation, and even bankruptcy. Businesses that fall victim to wire fraud can suffer significant financial losses, as well as damage to their reputation and relationships with customers.

In addition to the financial impact, wire fraud can also lead to legal issues and regulatory scrutiny, as businesses are responsible for safeguarding their customers’ financial information.

What Can You Do to Protect Your Business from Wire Fraud?

Fortunately, there are several steps that businesses can take to protect themselves from wire fraud. One of the most effective ways is to implement a multi-factor authentication system for wire transfers, which requires multiple forms of verification before a transfer can be completed. This can include requiring a password, a PIN, and a biometric factor such as a fingerprint or facial recognition.

It’s also important to train your employees on how to recognize and avoid common wire fraud scams. This can include providing regular training on how to identify phishing scams and how to verify the identity of individuals requesting wire transfers.

In addition to these measures, businesses can also work with our experienced Treasury Services Team at Carter Bank to implement additional security measures, such as:

  • Online Wire Origination with dual control
  • User limits and administrator access to limit risk
  • Reporting and Alerts to monitor online payment activity
  • Dedicated Support team available for assistance
  • Business insurance solutions to protect against financial loss due to cybersecurity fraud


Wire fraud is a growing threat to businesses, but by taking proactive steps to protect yourself, you can reduce the risk of falling victim to this type of financial fraud. By implementing multi-factor authentication, training your employees, and working with your financial institution, you can safeguard your business and protect your customers’ financial information.

If you have any questions or concerns about wire fraud and how to protect your business, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]. We are here to help.

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