A Lakewood resident was nearly scammed out of $42,350, the victim tells TLS.
Similar to recent scams, the resident says his accounting department received an email alleging to come from an employee, asking the secretary to issue a check of $42,350.
The secretary didn’t suspect anything unusual, and sent out the check.
It turns out, the suspect hacked the email, and then went through recent emails, noticing a pattern of requesting check – which he figured wouldn’t prompt any red flags.
Luckily, however, several days later, the secretary reached out to the employee with a question regarding that transaction, and the fraud was discovered fast enough to stop the check.