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article imageFacebook and Google duped out of $100 million in phishing scam

By Owen Weldon     Apr 29, 2017 in Business
In march, news surfaced about a phishing scheme that scammed two US tech giants. At the time, the names were not disclosed, but it turned out that the victims were Google and Facebook.
Facebook and Google came forward to confirm that it was them who fell victim to a phishing scheme. The two companies were scammed out of $100 million by a scammer in Lithuania.
Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, posed as an Asian contractor in order to trick executives at Google and Facebook into wiring him over $100 million between 2013 and 2015.
Rimasauskas posed as a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer. The company's clients do include Google and Facebook. During the duration of the scam, Rimasauskas forged email addresses, corporate stamps and invoices. By their time the two tech giants found out what was happening, the thief already had millions of their money in bank accounts across Easter Europe.
The accused thief is now facing extradition proceedings in Lithuania. Rimasauskas and his lawyer denounced the charges, as well as the investigation being led by the United States.
Rimasauskas' lawyer, Linas Kuprusevicius, said Rimasauskas will get an impartial trial in the USA and he cannot expect to receive a fair trial. The attorney noted the behavior of the FBI agents that interrogated Rimasauskas.
As of now, it's not clear when extradition proceedings will be completed and when Rimasauskas would be sent to the United States, if Lithuania approves the extradition.
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