Platte County recovers more than half the money lost when treasurer wired $48,000 to email scam

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PLATTE CITY, Mo. — Platte County has recovered more than half the money it lost when the county’s treasurer responded last week to an email scam and wired more than $48,000 to the scammers.

On Tuesday, Platte County Presiding Commissioner Rob Schieber told FOX 4 that Wells Fargo transferred $28,000 on Monday back to the bank Platte County uses, United Missouri Bank.

On the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend, Platte County Treasurer Rob Willard said he received an email he thought was from Schieber. That email requested a wire transfer to pay state taxes amounting to $48,220.

“Because of the nature of this direct request from the commissioner, because it was Friday afternoon, and it seemed to be a very time sensitive manner, I expedited the process,” said Willard last week. “I was given routing information from the fraudulent email and the wire was completed at about 3:30.”

When Willard spoke to the actual commissioner a few hours later, he realized someone had spoofed their email accounts.

“It is a shocking feeling, confusing feeling, immediately returned to the courthouse, got on the phone with the sheriff’s department, the FBI, filed a report.”

The county is insured and they have been working to reverse the wire. Schieber says although the $28,000 is just a portion of the money lost, they continue to work to get the rest back.

He also told FOX 4 that the matter is still under investigation.

“Under no circumstances should this have happened, the processes are in place, the processes are good, I think based on my conversation with Rob Willard, our treasurer, this is an error,” said Schieber said at the time.

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