SWOOPE — The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office said a business on Buffalo Branch Lane was recently scammed out of more than $127,000, according to a report.
Lt. Leslie Snyder, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said the unidentified Swoope business was contacted by a person posing as a Microsoft employee. The business then gave the fake employee access to a company computer and the money was stolen electronically.
“They hacked into the account,” Snyder said.
The thefts began Aug. 9 but weren’t reported until Monday.
According to the sheriff’s office, there were 13 withdrawals made from the company’s coffers. Two of the transactions were for $28,000 and $15,000, a report said. The remaining thefts were for $10,000 or less. In all, $127,732 was reported stolen from the company.
This type of scam has been used before in the area. In May 2020, a Fort Defiance woman was bilked out of $16,000 after giving computer access to a person claiming to be a…