Woman duped into wiring $91K to close on property

Gwinnett County police are seeking a man who they say used a fake email address to induce a would-be property owner to wire $91,000 into an incorrect bank account.

On Dec. 5, the victim was preparing to close on a property, spokesman Cpl. Wilbert Rundles said Wednesday in a statement.

“She received an email with instructions on where to wire the payment,” he said. “She wired over $91,000 to an account at a bank in unincorporated Norcross.” 

The woman found out the intended people did not receive the money.

“It was sent to an incorrect account under false pretense,” Rundles said. 

Police said the man, whose picture was released Wednesday, wired most of the money overseas and withdrew the remaining money in cash.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 770-513-5300. 

Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a $2,000 reward, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.

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