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Bank Wire Transfer Best Practices

Posted by Jason Olson on Thursday, October 21, 2021

Updated on Thursday, January 18, 2024

Check out our 11 bank wire transfer best practices to protect your business from fraud. 

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11 Bank Wire Transfer Best Practices to Protect Your Business Finances

All over the world, cyber criminals are hard at work trying to get their hands on money from wherever they can get it. Even your small business could be a target.

One tactic they may use is to send you a fraudulent wire transfer request. They will contact you via email or possibly with an app like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or Discord and, if they’ve done their homework, the request may look legitimate.

According to the 2022 Cyber Crime Report from the FBI, there were 800,944 complaints of suspected internet crime in the United States. Although this was a decrease of roughly 46,000 from 2021, it resulted in $10.3 billion reported losses which was $3.4 billion more than 2021. 

In Iowa and Nebraska, reported losses totaled $71,466,660 in 2022 compared to $53,564,810 in 2021.

It’s important for you and your employees to take proactive steps to make sure cyber criminals can’t get their hands on your business assets. Here are 11 tips for making sure you don’t become a victim of wire transfer fraud.

Business Wire Transfer Cybersecurity Tips

  1. Be prepared. Implement a cybersecurity policy and review it often.
  2. Educate yourself and your employees on how email scams and wire fraud work and how to spot them. Read More: Business Email Compromise
  3. Use encrypted email for correspondence of sensitive information.
  4. Implement two-factor authentication for employee email login.
  5. Know your customers, their reasons for initiating or requesting wire transfers and their habits regarding such wire transfers.
  6. Always verify the authenticity of each wire transfer request by implementing a two-step verification process. Verify the request by calling the requestor using a number you have previously called — not the number from the current wire transfer request. Ask for the person to verbally repeat requests to ensure that the information received is legitimate.
  7. Implement a dual control system with duty segregation for transfer approval. For example, make one person responsible for receiving a request and a second person responsible for authorizing the release of funds.
  8. Review your business insurance policy. Does it cover financial losses due to cybersecurity fraud? Are there specific requirements that need to be met in order for this policy to be available?
  9. Don’t be pressured or rushed. Requests for changes or immediate action, or a lack of availability by phone, should be met with intense scrutiny. Slow down and follow your company process.
  10. When sending wire instructions, try to use regular mail, fax or do it verbally over the phone. If you must use email, send the instructions through a secure email portal and have the client call you to verify the information.
  11. Don’t accept wire transfer requests from public domain email addresses (like or from such alternative apps as WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger or Discord. Wire transfer requests must be received from company domain email accounts.

Stay Cyber Secure; Protect Your Business Finances

Shielding your business against wire transfer fraud is critical to protecting your business’ financial assets. There are many actions you can take to avoid being a victim, but above all else you need to be prepared and educated.

Protect Your Assets: Small Business Cybersecurity

If you suspect that your business is the victim of wire transfer fraud, contact your bank immediately. The sooner they are aware, the faster they can contact the receiving financial institution to recover the sent funds.

For more tips and educational resources on how you can keep your business cyber secure, visit our online Business Security Center.

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Jason Olson

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