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Federal investigators looking into web hacking case in Dexter

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)
DEXTER, MO (KFVS) - From iCloud hacks to shoppers' credit card numbers, it seems we hear more and more about internet hackers breaking into people's personal info.

One Dexter business owner learned the hard way cyber criminals are not just targeting big businesses or celebrities.

It started in June when a German-based company bought about half a million dollars worth classic cars from one of Smith's Auction Company auctions in Cape Girardeau.

The buyers were to wire money electronically to Smith's account.

But before that could happen, hackers swooped in and took over the email accounts of the two companies.

The thieves had the buyers wire the money to a fraudulent account in Florida instead.

When the Smiths caught on, they got federal investigators involved to get their money back.

"It's just something you worry about. It can wipe out a company. We were fortunate it enough that we're getting our money back,” said owner Sherm Smith. “But some people, if they would have pulled this money out of the account and took it to Nigeria or Russia, we may never have gotten it back."

Here are some tips from the FBI on how to protect yourself when banking online:
  • Anytime you're sending or receiving money electronically, verify the source and double check those routing and account numbers are correct.
  • Keep an eye on your bank statements and make sure it accurately reflects the transaction.
  • If at any point you suspect foul play, notify authorities.
Smith said he is expecting the full amount be returned to him this month.

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