MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) -— Ocala police say scammers posing as a local construction company doing business with the city got an employee to change information that sent $742,376 to a fraudulent bank account.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports a senior accounting specialist for the city of Ocala received an email in September that was believed to be from Ausley Construction. It included a form requesting the city to change Ausley’s banking information.READ MORE: 'Love Is Love Part II' Mural Unveiled In Honor Of Pride Month
A police report says the company submitted a legitimate invoice for work related to an airport construction project on Oct. 17. The city paid the invoice to the fraudulent account on Oct. 18.READ MORE: What To Do To Stay Safe Around Water This Summer At The Pool Or Beach
City officials say they’re unsure how the scammers gained access to the vendor numbers and other information.
An investigation continues.MORE NEWS: Parental Rights Bill Sent To Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
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