Robinson Bradshaw Recovers $1M+ for Cybersecurity Client


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April 16, 2020

Robinson Bradshaw successfully recovered $1.32 million for a client that was the victim of a business email compromise (BEC) scheme. After receiving a spoofed email posing as one of the company's suppliers, an employee was tricked into changing the bank account information for the supplier to a fraudulent account. Approximately $1.5 million was paid to the fraudulent account before the scheme was discovered.

Robinson Bradshaw attorney and former federal cybercrime prosecutor Allen T. O'Rourke worked with the FBI as well as the banks for both the client and the fraudulent account. His efforts led to the successful recovery of $1.32 million from multiple money laundering accounts to return back to the client.

A major cyber threat impacting all types of businesses, BEC schemes cost organizations an estimated $1.77 billion in losses in 2019 based on incidents reported to the FBI. In addition, the FBI issued a recent alert regarding an increase of BEC schemes to trick employees with messages related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are specific recommendations for those who may be targeted by BEC schemes:

If you discover that your company has misdirected a money transfer because of a fraudulent email, usually there is only a limited period of time when you can reasonably hope to freeze the funds before they are laundered out of reach. Thus it is critical for organizations not only to have technical and administrative safeguards in place to prevent BEC schemes, but also to respond quickly if and when one is discovered to try to recover the stolen funds. When your company encounters cybersecurity issues, including email fraud, contact Robinson Bradshaw for assistance.

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