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Modest company owner says he lost almost $200,000 to wire transfer fraud


Mar 17, 2023

HOUSTON – A Cypress man who owns a smaller company says scammers wiped out almost all the funds in his trucking company’s checking account, and now he’s struggling to maintain the company afloat.

Following receiving a text message asking about a acquire, Charles Haney got a contact from what he believed was his bank’s fraud division on Dec. 7 to confirm if he was paying for some thing in Florida.

“I told him, ‘No, I’m not,’” Haney mentioned. “The only data I gave him was to confirm what he was asking me.”

He mentioned the caller currently knew some of the data he was asked to confirm, like account numbers, so he shared private data beneath the impression the caller was assisting cease the fraud and shut down his account.

But for the duration of that contact on Dec. 7, he mentioned his company connection manager from his neighborhood Chase branch in Cypress known as to ask if he was attempting to wire transfer $42,000.

“I’ve by no means carried out a wire transfer,” Haney mentioned. “My bank account is like most people’s: It is extremely, extremely regimented.

Haney told the neighborhood connection manager to cancel the wire transfer and that he was on the other line with Chase’s fraud division. He mentioned the connection manager recommended he return to that telephone contact and total the account shut down.

“Then, for some explanation, 3 far more transfers went by means of totaling $188,000 and alter,” Haney mentioned. “Everything we had was gone… it was the complete operating capital of my enterprise.”

All 4 transfers went to banks in various states, according to bank statements Haney offered. His company checking account was drained from about $192,000 to about $three,000 inside a matter of minutes.

Now, far more than 4 months later, he’s struggling to spend the company bills and maintain up with the payroll.

He reported it to the Harris County Sheriff’s Workplace, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Workplace of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the FBI.

He also filed a fraud claim with Chase, which the bank denied, which does not make sense, he mentioned, due to the fact the neighborhood connection manager known as to ask about the very first wire transfer.

“If I do not know the quantity, I do not answer the telephone any longer,” Haney mentioned. “It’s my previous, my present, my future that just got stolen from me.”

KPRC two News reached out to Chase late Thursday, which wasn’t sufficient time for the bank to give specifics on Haney’s circumstance.

“We urge all buyers to ignore telephone or world wide web requests for funds or access to their computer system or bank accounts. Genuine businesses will not make these requests, but scammers will,” a Chase spokesperson wrote in an e-mail.

According to the Texas Lawyer General’s Workplace, wire transfer fraud is appealing for scammers for the reason that it is easy and the funds is ordinarily gone for fantastic.

Indicators of a scam, according to the AG’s Workplace, include things like when an individual contacts you as an alternative of the other way about, they want your private data, or they ask for a confirmation code just before withdrawing funds.

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