Thursday, February 4, 2010

Andrei A fool and somebody else's money

What can be added beyond updating the old apothegm about a fool and his money?
A Christchurch woman fell victim to a Nigerian scam and lost nearly half a million dollars of her employer's money, a court was told today.

Jacqueline Louise de Berri, 48, transferred $452,206 from the rental company she worked for at Christchurch Airport to bank accounts in Spain.

Via Oswald Bastable

1 comment(s):

ZenTiger said...

Wow, aside from the fact that people are still taken in by these things, how devastating for the employer. I wonder if the rest of the company now faces job security issues? That's a lot of car rentals.

It's really important for companies to work on better checks and balances and alerts in terms of the ease of electronic banking.

I saw a recent case where a UK guy killed himself after falling for an "internet bride" scam. It seemed he refused to believe it was a scam, and kept spiraling into debt to pay whatever fees necessary to get his imaginary girlfriend the ability to meet him. Passports, operations, old debts preventing international travel etc.

Eventually, it was all too much for him.

I wonder how many small scale versions of this are going on unreported?

Very sad.

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