The victims received fake e-mails or phone calls from so-called Sidel employees, requesting or providing business sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, banking details and/or invoice information with the objective of using this information to divert payments from the pre-agreed payment methods.
DairyReporter contacted Sidel for more information about the crimes but the company refused to comment.
It posted a statement on its website which said: ‘Please remain vigilant and verify any unusual request with your trusted business partner in Sidel.
‘If you believe you have been a target of an attempted fraud using Sidel information (real or false), please let us know. This way we can help protect you and our other partners against these criminal acts.’
The fraud attempts include using false e-mail addresses but real Sidel employees signatures asking customers to redirect payments to an unknown bank in a third country.
Phone calls to suppliers from so-called Sidel employees requesting invoice information, and then sending forged supplier invoices and other schemes to alter the flow of money or business sensitive information.
Concerned customers are asked to contact the Sidel Corporate Governance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org .