Methodology and Pedagogy Centre sends money to a fraudulent account

THE METHODOLOGY and Pedagogy Centre (MPC) in Bratislava, which runs under the Education Ministry, sent €459,555 to a fraudulent account, following an email informing it about an account number change.

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Director of MPC Danka Kapucianová says that it was a human error and that they already dismissed the head of the economic department, the Sme daily reported.

MPC received the email informing about the change to the account in late June. They realised that it was a fictitious message too late, only after it sent €459,555 to the new account on August 17.

The change, however, was not anchored in an addendum to the contract with the supplier, which is standard procedure when data is changed. Also without this change, the department head forwarded this e-mail to all employees requesting them to record the change of the bank account of the contracting company, as reported by Sme.

The head of the economy department is not at the centre since August 21.

Meanwhile, MPC submitted a criminal complaint against the unknown culprit.

“Fortunately, the State Treasury is not very flexible, so the perpetrator has not received the money yet,” Kapucianová told the private broadcaster TV Markíza.

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