A phish doesn’t stand a chance against a shark.
It was a happy ending for Corcoran Group founder Barbara Corcoran when she got back almost $400,000 that was stolen in a phishing scam.
According to TMZ, the “Shark Tank” star got all $388,700.11 redeposited in her account on Friday.
On Wednesday night, Corcoran, 70, confirmed to Page Six that she’d been duped in an email scam. A fraudster posed as her assistant and emailed her bookkeeper instructions to pay a German company called FFH Concept GmbH for designing German apartment units that Corcoran had invested in.
The ruse was discovered when Corcoran’s bookkeeper emailed the real assistant and they realized the scammer had changed one letter in her email address to pose as her. Her IT people then traced the IP address to China.
The German bank used for the transaction heard about the scam and froze the transfer before it went through to Asia, TMZ reported.
On Wednesday, Corcoran — who has an estimated net worth of $80 million — had accepted the sad news that she may never see the money again.
“The scammers disappeared and I’m told that it’s a common practice and I won’t be getting the money back. I was upset at first but then remembered it was only money,” she told Page Six in a statement.
Corcoran did not immediately return our request for comment.
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