ATLANTA - The FBI office in Dallas is seeking information about two unknown suspects in an email compromise investigation who are believed to be in the Atlanta area, according to the FBI.
Authorities say the two withdrew a significant amount of fraudulently obtained funds at SunTrust banks located in Forest Park and Tucker, Georgia.
The stolen funds were obtained from Texas-based companies via email compromise schemes and transferred to SunTrust Bank accounts, according to the FBI.
"They did their homework,” FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett said. "They will look at social media and check company websites to find the employees in control of the money. Then they spoof emails and documents just enough to fool employees and bosses to redirect money to a bank account they control."
On April 4, one suspect withdrew stolen funds from a SunTrust Bank in Forest Park Georgia, according to officials. He wore a necklace with a white pendant and a Bluetooth headset around his neck. On his right wrist, the man wore a white bracelet with red lettering referring to the Bible verse Isaiah 54:17.
That Bible passage reads:
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”
On his left wrist, he wore a watch and a bracelet. He also had a ring on his left hand. The man was dressed in a blue t-shirt, blue and red shorts, and tan and white Nike shoes with a red swoosh.
"We want to make companies and the public aware" Emmett said. "We are seeing this nationally and here in Georgia."
On April 5, a second suspect withdrew stolen funds from a SunTrust Bank in Tucker, Georgia, according to the FBI. He wore a long-sleeved gray sweater, a striped shirt, dark pants, and bright blue shoes.
"They are facing serious felony charges. When you're sentenced in the federal system let's say 10 to 20 years you will serve a majority of that," Emmett said.
If you know these two individuals or have any information concerning this case, please contact your local FBI Office. The FBI’s Dallas Field Office can be reached at 972-559-5000. Tips can also be submitted online at https://tips.fbi.gov.