Police seek email scammer who tried to steal $21k from City Hall | SteamboatToday.com

Police seek email scammer who tried to steal $21k from City Hall

— The Steamboat Springs Police Department is working to determine who tried to steal $21,500 from the city by posing as the city’s finance director in an email.

According to investigators at the police department, an accountant at the city recently received an email that was made to look as though it was from Finance Director Kim Weber.

The person who sent the email asked the accountant to make a wire transfer of $21,500 to an account police have determined is held by someone in North Carolina.

City staff forwarded the email to the police department.

Police have obtained a search warrant for records related to the bank account to which the scammer was attempting to get the funds transferred.

This is the third time an email scam of this kind has surfaced in the Yampa Valley in recent months.

Last month, an employee at The Memorial Hospital in Craig avoided being scammed out of more than $28,000 by alerting police to an email she received from someone who was impersonating the hospital’s CEO and seeking a wire transfer.

And in August, police arrested a 63-year-old woman from Washington who was suspected of defrauding a Steamboat consulting company out of more than $157,000 by impersonating the president of the company in emails.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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