City of Alamogordo Scammed Out Of $250K

THE CITY OF ALAMOGORDO LOST A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS LAST WEEK TO A SCAM ARTIST. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

STATE AUDITOR WAYNE JOHNSON REPORTS AN ALAMOGORDO CITY EMPLOYEE RECEIVED AN EMAIL REQUEST TO CHANGE BANKING INFORMATION FROM SOMEONE PURPORTING TO BE WITH COOPERATIVE EDUCATION SERVICES — A NEW MEXICO PURCHASING COOPERATIVE. THE PROCUREMENT OFFICER ACCEPTED THE CHANGE IN BANKING INFORMATION AND THE CITY’S FINANCE DEPARTMENT PAID ALL OF THE INVOICES. NO ONE KNEW THEY WERE BEING SCAMMED UNTIL C-E-S LATER REQUESTED PAYMENT FOR THE OUTSTANDING INVOICES. IN TOTAL, THE CITY OF ALAMOGORDO LOST MORE THAN 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS.