Feb 25 / Admin

Victim: Cyber Fraud Prompts Butte Schools to Change Vendor Policy

Government Technology reported:   

Butte School District will no longer pay vendors by direct deposit but by check only, after a cyber thief stole $1.1 million by using detailed information to pose as a vendor in an email requesting payment.

The school district received an email in 2022 that appeared to be from its main contractor, Langlas & Associates Inc., requesting direct deposit rather than check payment for construction work done on East Middle School, Jonart said.Thinking the request was legitimate, the district complied.

The email actually came from a cyber thief using detailed information illegally obtained from an unknown source, Jonart said. When school officials learned of the theft, the FBI, along with Homeland Security were notified.

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