DARIEN — A town resident recently fell victim to an email hack, causing him to lose thousands of dollars.

A 58-year-old Darien man reported to police headquarters on Friday, Aug. 19, at 9 a.m. He said he had been communicating via email with a business associate who owns a security service out of Brooklyn, N.Y. The Darien resident recently did consulting for the business associate and in an email exchange, the associate agreed to wire $8,000 to the Darien man’s account. The victim gave the necessary information for a wire transfer via email.

During the email exchange, the victim asked the owner of the company when he would be receiving the money and was told the money had already been sent. Upon further inspection, the Darien man found the email address he had been corresponding with was similar to the business accociate but not the same. The 58-year-old realized someone had hacked his email account and gotten his information before the wire transfer was complete. The transfer was traced to a man in Wrightsville, Pa.

The incident is under investigation.

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