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Wed Feb 12, 2020, 10:07 PM

Official: Puerto Rico govt loses $2.6M in phishing scam

Source: AP

By DANICA COTO

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s government has lost more than $2.6 million after falling for an email phishing scam, according to a senior official.

The finance director of the island’s Industrial Development Company, Rubén Rivera, said in a complaint filed to police Wednesday that the agency sent the money to a fraudulent account.

Rivera said the government agency transferred the money on Jan. 17 after receiving an email that alleged a change to a banking account tied to remittance payments, according to a police statement.

Manuel Laboy, executive director of the agency, told The Associated Press that officials found out about the incident earlier this week and immediately reported it to the FBI.



FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, the Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Rico's Capitol as in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A senior Puerto Ricon official said Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, that the island's government has lost more than $2.6 million after falling for an email phishing scam. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)


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Thu Feb 13, 2020, 12:03 AM

1. I'm speechless.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 03:29 PM

2. Who would be that stupid?

You don't change a money transfer account without more info than an email. Whoever did this should be investigated to make sure they are not criminally complicit.

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