Jonesboro police, U.S. Secret Service investigating theft of $75,000

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police and the U.S. Secret Service are investigating a computer theft of over $75,000 after a Jonesboro man got a confusing email.

According to a Jonesboro police report, a man said he received an email on Jan. 8 that he thought was from a business partner. There was a file attached to the email.

When the man tried to open the attachment, his computer froze up.

He then contacted his former business partner, who said he had not sent the email and his own account had recently been hacked.

After contacting his bank, the man learned that $75,000 had been transferred out of his account and into a Capital One bank account on Jan. 11.

The bank said the request appeared to have come from the man and it said the money was "to purchase equipment," according to the incident report.

When they looked at the email address, the man said it was slightly different than his actual email. There was one letter that were switched.

The bank received another request from the email address on Jan. 14, this time asking for $90,000. That transfer was not processed.

The bank began investigation and contacted the U.S. Secret Service to assist them.

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