There have been a lot of scams where communications from solicitors and banks and companies have been hacked and people are sent money to different accounts, believing the communication had come from the real originator whereas in actual fact it had been diverted, the details changed and come from a scammer who had used their own bank account and once there is a big chunk of money in it, they do a runner. Often, there is internal fraud at the bank because the fraudsters do internal account takeover of dormant accounts which it is later unable to identify where the money eventually went.
The golden rule is that if you do not trust a company, then don’t deal with them. Even a relationship with a trust worthy company can go wrong and if it does go wrong, you are faced with suing someone in UAE which is not particularly practical.
I would certainly want to speak to the company and I would want some kind of verification that I was speaking to the company and not a scammer who I’d intercepted the call and I would want them to verify bank details over the telephone.
Finally, I would get my own bank to confirm these bank details are genuine and that they are the details of the company that I am purporting to be dealing with.
Sometimes, even the most robust enquiries get circumvented by the fraudsters
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