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Wed Feb 12, 2020, 09:09 PM

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

Source: Associated Press

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

By DANICA COTO
February 12, 2020

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.

It’s unclear whether officials have been able to recover any of the money and what impact the financial loss has on the government agency.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/e03bea7e491b9c95350887880376562f

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