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Toyota Boshoku disclosed that one of its European subsidiaries fell victim to a Business Email Compromise scam losing over $37 million.
“Toyota Boshoku Corporation announces a recent case involving fraudulent payment directions from a malicious third party that has resulted in a financial loss at our European subsidiary,” the organization said in a press release.
On August 14, 2019, Toyota Boshoku’s European subsidiary made a payment of roughly 4 billion yen (~$37,472,000) to a third party. Later, the car components manufacturer became aware that the payment directions were fraudulent.
“Recognizing the high possibility of criminal activity, we promptly established a team comprising legal professionals, then reported the loss to local investigating authorities. While cooperating in all aspects of the investigation, we are devoting our utmost efforts to procedures for securing/recovering the leaked funds,” Toyota Boshoku said.