Official: Puerto Rico govt loses $2.6M in phishing scam

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A senior Puerto Rico official says the island’s government has lost more than $2.6 million after falling for an email phishing scam.

The finance director of the island’s Industrial Development Company filed a complaint with police Wednesday saying the agency sent the money to a fraudulent account.

According to a police statement, agency director Rubén Rivera says the government agency transferred the money on Jan. 17 after receiving an email that alleged a change to a banking account tied to remittance payments.

Agency Executive Director Manuel Laboy tells The Associated Press that his agency is cooperating with the FBI.

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