Home buyer scammed out of $15K by hacker posing as attorney

HOPATCONG — A borough resident was scammed out of $15,000 by a hacker posing as an attorney, police said.

That resident would have lost $45,000 if the bank hadn’t frozen the funds, Capt. Thomas Kmetz said in a Facebook post.

Kmetz said the man was trying to buy a home and e-mailed who he thought was the seller’s attorney on Aug. 24. That attorney’s e-mail address, however, had been hacked and the hacker, posing as the attorney, told the man to wire the money to South Africa.

“Right there this victim should have ended all conversations,” Kmetz said. …read more

Source: NJ.com Sussex

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