It has been brought to our attention that the newswire and public relations industry as a whole is currently being targeted by a corporate identity crime gang calling themselves “PRfastmedia”.
We were originally made aware of this corporate identity scam in June 2013. The scammers at the time referred to themselves as “Silence Media Network” and have since re-branded as Prfastmedia.com.
The scam involves creating fake invoices under a genuine brand name and demanding money from PR agencies and small businesses that have utilised news distribution services.
To all our clients (and those using different wires) you are advised to ignore and not pay any such invoices. Pressat will never invoice you for work that has previously been carried out and paid for.
Please note that no user information has been compromised. These scammers are taking contact details that are published along with press releases to generate fake invoices and then send them to those companies.
With regard to the invoices themselves.The latest wave of fake invoices being sent request payment be sent to the following banking institution:
Account holder: Direct Payment Service S.L
IBAN: ES86 2013 0616 83 0201243586
If you business has been targeted by PRfastmedia or Silence Media Network we recommend filing a report with Action Fraud UK.