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.

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