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We are all victims of cyber theft. And our banks did nothing but allow our money to be stolen.


imageKaren McCarthy's Story

Little & King Co., LLC

On Monday, February 15, 2010, my life was turned upside down. My commercial bank account at TD Bank was looted. Eastern Europe-based cyber-thieves added my company to the list of victims of the epidemic of American commercial bank account cyber-looting that apparently started in late 2008. These computer hackers successfully impersonated me to TD Bank’s online banking system and made $164,000 in fraudulent wire transfers out of my company’s account in a matter of minutes... Read more.

imageDavid Johnston's Story

Sign Design, Inc.

The first sign of trouble was a morning phone call from Bank of Stockton, Sign Design's community bank. It had just fielded a call from Chase Bank, whose anti-fraud team was questioning the legitimacy of a $9,670 electronic payment to a Chase customer in Michigan. Sign Designs confirmed it hadn't set up the payment, and the banks halted the transaction. Checking its account online, Sign Designs quickly discovered the problem was much bigger: Almost $100,000 had been... Read more.

imageKids Co.

Schools over the past few months recently defrauded several health care providers, including a number of non-profit organizations that cater to the disabled and the uninsured...On Sept. 9, crooks stole $30,000 from the Evergreen Children's Association (currently doing business as Kids Co.), a non-profit organization in Seattle that provides on-site childcare for public schools. Read more.

imageSanford School District, Colorado

A gang of organized cyber criminals that has stolen millions from businesses across the United States over the past month appears to have turned its sights on public schools and universities. On the morning of Aug. 17, hackers who had broken into computers at the Sanford School District in tiny Sanford, Colorado initiated a batch of bogus transfers out of the school's payroll account. Each of the transfers was kept just below $10,000 to avoid banks' anti-money laundering reporting requirements, and went out to at least 17 different accomplices or "money mules" that the attackers had hired via work-at-home job scams... Read more.

imageDelray Beach Public Library

Jan. 7, 2010 was a typical sunny Thursday morning at the Delray Beach Public Library in coastal Florida, aside from one, ominous dark cloud on the horizon: It was the first time in as long as anyone could remember that the books simply weren’t checking out... The trouble was, none of the staff could figure out how or why nearly $160,000 had disappeared from their bank ledgers virtually overnight... Read more.

imageSmile Zone, Children's Dentistry

Organized computer criminals yanked more than $200,000 out of the online bank accounts of a Missouri dental practice this month, in yet another attack that exposes the financial risks that small- to mid-sized organizations face when banking online.... Read more.

imageSlack Auto Parts

Slack Auto Parts in Gainesville, Ga., which recently was robbed of nearly $75,000. Slack Auto Parts co-owner Henry Slack said that between July 3 and July 7, cyber intruders used malware planted on the controller's Windows PC. From there, they were able to break into the company's bank accounts, create new user accounts at the bank, and then wire nine payments to at least six different money mules around the country... Read more.

imagePatco Construction

Over the course of one week in May of this year, cyber criminals accessed Patco's accounts at Ocean Bank and transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars to numerous banks accounts by way of the Automated Clearing House network, a system used by banks to transfer funds electronically between accounts. Patco states that Ocean Bank purportedly informs its customers that its online banking system utilizes sophisticated "behind-the-scenes" security measures that are suppose to monitor the type, frequency and origination point of electronic transactions... Read more.

imageCatholic Diocese of Des Moines

Organized cyber thieves stole more than $600,000 from the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa earlier this month. The funds were spirited away with the help of dozens of unwitting co-conspirators hired through work-at-home job scams, at least one of whom was told the money was being distributed to victims of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals, has learned... Read more.