Saturday 23 September 2017

GAA county board loses over €17,000 to hackers

Greg Harkin

GARDAI and police in London have launched a joint investigation into an online scam where thieves stole €18,000 from a GAA county board account.

The Donegal County Board's account was skimmed when a transfer request for Stg£15,000 (€17,850) went ahead, with the criminals issuing a bogus instruction after hacking into the email account of a board member.

The money was transferred to a bank account in Reading, Berkshire, and was later cleared out.

Thames Valley Police and gardai have both confirmed that a criminal investigation is under way.

"Gardai in Letterkenny are investigating a complaint made regarding an incident that is alleged to have happened between August 1 and 2, 2013," said a garda spokesman.

Donegal County Board officials confirmed to the Irish Independent that the incident had taken place, but refused to comment further.

It is understood that officials of the 2012 All-Ireland senior football champions told the bank in Reading the money had been illegally transferred within hours of it happening but the money had been cleaned out before action could be taken.

"It is a lot of money to lose," admitted one senior Donegal GAA official.

"We are working with the banks, guards and English police in an attempt to recover the money."

It is understood that a specialist unit of Thames Valley Police is investigating.

Irish Independent

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