Distribution of attempted business email compromise (BEC) scams worldwide in 2017, by spoofed specific positions

Share of attempts of CEO fraud 2017, by spoofed specific positions This statistic presents the distribution of attempted business email compromise (BEC) scams worldwide in 2017, sorted by spoofed specific positions. According to the source, the most spoofed position was the CEO, meaning that 38.5 percent of BEC scammers pretended to be CEOs of their victim companies.
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Share of spoofed specific positions
CEO38.51%
Managing Director/Director23.73%
President6.93%
General Manager/Manager5.15%
Chairman3.5%
Others22.18%
Share of spoofed specific positions
CEO38.51%
Managing Director/Director23.73%
President6.93%
General Manager/Manager5.15%
Chairman3.5%
Others22.18%
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This statistic presents the distribution of attempted business email compromise (BEC) scams worldwide in 2017, sorted by spoofed specific positions. According to the source, the most spoofed position was the CEO, meaning that 38.5 percent of BEC scammers pretended to be CEOs of their victim companies.
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Release date
February 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2017
Supplementary notes
BEC = Business Email Compromise (BEC) also known as “CEO Fraud”.
BEC is defined as a sophisticated scam targeting businesses working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses that regularly perform wire transfer payments. The scam is carried out by compromising legitimate business e-mail accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques to conduct unauthorized transfers of funds.

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