Official: Puerto Rico government loses $2.6M in email phishing scam

Official: Puerto Rico government loses $2.6M in email phishing scam
FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, the Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Rico's Capitol as in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A senior Puerto Ricon official said Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, that the island's government has lost more than $2.6 million after falling for an email phishing scam. (Source: AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A senior Puerto Rico official says the island’s government has lost more than $2.6 million after falling for an email phishing scam.

The finance director of the island’s Industrial Development Company filed a complaint with police Wednesday saying the agency sent the money to a fraudulent account.

According to a police statement, agency director Rubén Rivera says the government agency transferred the money on Jan. 17 after receiving an email that alleged a change to a banking account tied to remittance payments.

It’s unclear whether officials have been able to recover any of the money and what impact the financial loss has on the government agency.

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