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$1.7 million still missing after North Carolina county hit by business email compromise scam

August 1, 2019

Money intended for the construction of a brand new high school was instead placed in a bank account controlled by scammers by officials of a North Carolina county.

Cabarrus County in North Carolina, home to NASCAR races at the Charlotte speedway, was duped into believing it was paying a contractor when it moved US $2.5 million into the pockets of online criminals.

According to a notice published on the Cabarrus County government’s website, problems began in November 2018 when Cabarrus County Schools received an email claiming to come from Virginia-based Branch and Associates, which was working on the construction of West Cabarrus High, a new school for the district.

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