Darien business was victim of online scam
DARIEN — A local business owner told police she was scammed out of $90,000 by a company calling itself “Al Manahil Trading Equipment.”
According to the police report, filed Feb. 28, the business received an online order on Feb. 14 for $27,500 in products. On Feb. 26, they then received an email from “Abdul Ali,” claiming to be with Al Manahil Trading Equipment. He said he accidentally wired $118,440 instead of $27,500 and asked that she wire the $90,895 back to him.
She went to her bank the next day to make the transfer as requested and said when she checked her account, it appeared the overpayment had indeed been credited to her account. She then wired $90,895 to “Khaleel Ur Rahman Abdul Khalaque” at Emirates Bank in Dubai. A day later, she was informed the original wire of $118,440 had bounced.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.