Spoof email used to scam $500 in iTunes money from Fort Myers nonprofit

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -

A Fort Myers nonprofit organization was schemed out of money after a scammer sent employees a spoofed email posing as their boss.

It happened to the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida on Tuesday.

According to the incident report filed to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the scammer's email said to retrieve five $100 iTunes gift cards then send the photos of the scratched-off code in the back.

“We never ask any staff to spend any of their money or do anything of that nature," CEO of the nonprofit Angela Fisher said.

An employee believed the email was credible because the handle appeared to be Fisher's. After closer inspection, Fisher and the employee realized the email came from a different account.

“Staff didn’t really notice that it wasn’t a legitimate email. Too often you just look at what name is up there," she said.

The gift cards have since been cleaned out, and Fisher said the incident has made them realize the importance of being alert.

Tech experts said email spoofing is the method of choice for many scammers. They said the best defense is to have good security software for your computer. They also recommend you review who is sending the email, and make sure it matches their handle. Most of the time, the scammers will attempt to replicate the handle and be a few letters off.


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