How a man tracked $14K in identity fraud to Ohio from 5 states away | #phishing | #scams | #education | #technology | #infosec

ATTICA, Ohio (WCMH) — It’s easier than ever to fall victim to fraud in the digital age, but one Colorado man was able to trace just how someone did it to his client.

Prepaid debit cards are a common tool scammers use to steal money, and online debit cards have made ripping you off even easier. Evan Bernabei, a tech-savvy accountant based in Colorado, reached out to NBC4 Investigates after a scammer stole thousands of dollars from his business.

A screenshot of the email from a scammer to Evan Bernabei. Account and routing numbers have been blurred for privacy. (Courtesy Photo/Evan Bernabei)

Bernabei’s accounting firm works with realtors. In March he received an email, seemingly from one of his clients.

“It basically stated, ‘Hey, I’m having issues with my bank. I need to update my bank information. Here’s my routing and account number as follows,’” Bernabei said.  “I get emails like that several times a month from agents — from real estate owners asking to update bank information. So nothing stood out as out of the ordinary.”

The email was actually from a scammer who’d stolen the client’s identity.

“It wasn’t until about a week later that we realized in talking to that agent that he hadn’t gotten paid,” Bernabei said.

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