The CEO and finance director of film company Pathé’s Dutch operation were sacked after falling victim to a sophisticated BEC scam that netted the criminals €19m ($21m), it has emerged.
Finance boss Edwin Slutter and chief Dertje Meijer are now suing for unfair dismissal, according to reports based on newly released court documents.
The scam followed a tried-and-tested path, with fraudsters spoofing the email address of a higher-up: in this case the CEO of the French film company, back in March.
Emailing Meijer, they claimed the firm was in acquisition talks with a Dubai company and needed to send a confidential payment of €826,521 ($931,600) which would be repaid at the end of the month.
By Phil Muncaster
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