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Sophisticated scam against San Diego attorney nets nearly $300,000

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 23, 2015

SAN DIEGO - A local attorney is speaking out after hackers used an elaborate scam to steal nearly $300,000 from his firm's account.

Experts say it is an example of a phishing scam gone into overdrive.

The scam started with Feb. 9 email that appeared to be from the postal service, from an email address ending in usps.gov, with additional instructions a click away.

"I thought it was legitimate and I clicked on the attachment," said John, an attorney with a local firm, who asked 10News not to identify him for fear of hurting his firm.

Hours after clicking on the attachment, John was back on the computer, attempting to access the firm's account with Pacific Premier Bank.

After entering his ID, he was transferred to a page asking for his PIN instead of the typical password. Soon after, he received a call from a man claiming to be from the bank, noticing he was having trouble logging on.

Read the whole story at ABC 10 News

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