A December 19, 2018 NBC news article gave an account of how a Florida resident scammed a Texas school district out of $2,000,000.
Before you dismiss this as something that could never happen in your school or community, think about all the public items that can be used to propagate fraud. Open records, board agendas, board minutes, RFPs and bid packets leave an open trail that is easy to exploit.
This is becoming a much larger issue than most people realize. The scam normally comes about when a district is doing a bond issue or a lease purchase. The most common deception in this situation is to send a billing to the district or the district's bank on letterhead of a common vendor or a vendor involved in the project. There are several different locations where the money will be sent. The money will be delivered to a bank account that a person has been recently opened and then transferred. If the operation is run by an out-of-country group, the money will probably never be recovered. If it is run by someone in the United States, the chances increase that someone will be apprehended and charged with the crime.
My husband and I have been moving this past month, and now that we're semi-settled into the new homestead, I've had to update our address and contact info on all our personal accounts.
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