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Email scam nets $2.5 million from the state of Utah

Before I go into this, someone needs to tell The Salt Lake Tribune that this is not a Nigerian scam if money GOES TO TEXAS!

However, social engineering is at it’s finest in Utah, where a scam that was originated from the University of Utah netted $2.5 million from the state of Utah.

“In one case investigated by Kessler’s firm, thieves used computer software transmitted by e-mail to monitor financial information input by the chief financial officer of an Ohio insurance firm, “ reports Nate Carlisle from the Salt Lake Tribune. “Once they had the information, they diverted insurance payments to their bank account. About $1 million was stolen.”

Carlisle continues, “At least one address listed for the perpetrators in an affidavit filed with the warrant appears to be false. While it lists a Duncan N. Ongaga living on the second floor at 18 Union Ave. in Irvington, N.J., Irvington police detective Chris Jenkins on Thursday said the address is for a church — and there’s no second floor. Irvington police have no record of someone by that name.”

Even though this isn’t a Nigerian scam, still pretty amazing that someone was able to net that much money from the state.