Patricia Reilly, an employee of the UK Peebles Media Group fell for a CEO Fraud Scam in which criminals sent her emails pretending to be her boss.  The lawsuit alleges that Mrs Reilly ignored warnings from bankers about con artists tricking employees into making fraudulent payments and handed over a total of £193,250 ($252,400 USD) of the company's money to fraudsters.  The issue came to light a few days later when a colleague logged onto the firm's online bank account and noticed the fraud warnings.

Company lawyers accuse Mrs Reilly of being negligent

Bankers refunded Peebles Media £85,268.28 and the firm is suing the former employee for the remaining sum of £107,984. Mrs. Reilly was eventually dismissed from the firm for her actions, and lawyers acting for the company accuse her of being negligent. They have described her actions as "careless and in breach of her duties - including the requirement to exercise reasonable care in the course of the performance of her duties as an employee which she owed to her employer, the pursuer."  Peebles also claims that if Mrs. Reilly had performed her duties properly, the firm would not have suffered "the loss, injury, and damage". They claim she should have realized the emails were suspicious.

She was not trained on how to spot online fraud

Mrs. Reilly's legal team, however, have said that she did not receive any training on how to spot online fraud and have called for the case to be dismissed. The hearing continues. Story at

Wow. Another very excellent reason to step employees through security awareness training.

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