November 16, 2021

Rock Island County, Iowa, Loses $115K Via Phishing Email

(TNS) — It took only one email from scammers to get the Rock Island County auditor’s office to wire $97,000 to a fraudulent bank account.

Six weeks later, an additional payment of $18,000 was wired, bilking the county out of some $106,103 before the account was frozen with $9,000 still in it.

Emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Dispatch/Argus and Quad-City Times show how easy it was for criminals to steal money from the county by simply asking for the funds to be wired.

Someone alleging to be a legitimate contractor with whom the county does business duped the auditor’s office into wiring the money to a “new bank account” June 1. The theft of funds by wire fraud was caught by the county’s financial institution, which notified officials. The Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department…

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