Supervalu Scammed - Almost

Supervalu, a large US grocer, apparently was scammed out of $10.1 million after wiring money to fraudulent bank accounts. The following is from an AP report:

"Supervalu first began wiring payments due to American Greetings into the wrong account on February 28, making a total of nine payments before catching the error on March 6. During that time, more than $6.5 million was wired to HSBC Bank in Miami Beach, Florida, to accounts opened under the names Society Nights Productions, doing business as Perini."

Some one claiming to represent Frito-Lay also convinced Supervalu to wire another $3.6 million a fraudulent account. However, the $3.6 million looks like it actually was owed Frito-Lay, which suggests an inside job at Supervalu.

"The FBI was able to capture the money before it was whisked away by the scammers, but now American Greetings, Frito-Lay and Supervalu have all laid claim to the money and U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill will decide where it should go."

It will be intriguing to see how this all turns out, especially who the scammers are.


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