A St. Helena Island-based charity was scammed out of over $160,000 after a woman received emails asking for wire transfers, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report.
A woman involved with Hanover Charities USA, an organization that raises funds to help support a community in Jamaica, received emails from someone posing as a colleague in Jamaica, according to the report. The sender asked her to transfer money to an account for the Jamacian side of the organization. In two separate transactions on Feb 26 and March 2, she sent $160,841.
After two of the woman’s real colleagues in Jamaica started to question the transactions, the victim realized there were spelling differences between the true colleagues’ email addresses and the email address of the scammer, according to the report.