In this June 14, 2018, file photo, the FBI seal is seen before a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
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The email caught the executive at a small Connecticut company by surprise one morning in 2016 . The company's owner, or so he thought, was requesting a money transfer to pay for supplies from a new vendor.It In cases like the Connecticut one, fraudsters assume identities of executives and scam employees into wiring cash.Several weeks later, Kerry Williams, the CEO whose identity was impersonated, was on her way to the airport when an FBI official contacted her and explained how the company had been victimized as part of a much broader swindle.In one case, the FBI says, a fraudster posing as an Army captain stationed overseas recruited a man he met online to be a money mule, saying he was making arrangements to travel home and needed the man's help receiving and sending some funds. The FBI says $10,000 was wired into the man's account. The FBI says it has interviewed more than 300 people suspected of acting as money mules.The executive, whose name and company are redacted in the letter, described feeling initially apprehensive about the money transfer instructions and advising the company owner that it was a "lot of money for supplies".
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