May 12, 2022

Who is held responsible for payments lost due to cybercrime?

This is exactly what happened in Fourie v Van der Spuy and De Jongh Inc. and others. The First Respondent was a law firm and the Second and Third Respondents were practising Attorneys. The Applicant claimed payment of R1 744 599.45 from the Respondents. The First Respondent had a mandate to deal with money paid into Trust by the Applicant. The Second Respondent, upon receiving instructions to make payments via email, paid the money into a banking account belonging to an unknown third party who fraudulently hacked the email server of the Applicant and sent emails to the First Respondent […]
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