Fraudsters tapped the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate for more than NOK 17 million


Last year, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate was exposed payment fraud of NOK 17.6 million. Most of the money has now been returned to the Directorate.

DNB has received the money in return from the British commercial bank Lloyd’s Bank, writes Teknisk Ukeblad.

In November, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) received an email invoice from a US company that has worked on mapping of seabed minerals in the Norwegian Sea. Both the amount and the supplier voted.

Two days later, the Directorate received a new email that the account number for the payment should be changed. The Directorate contacted the finance department of the company and got the new account number confirmed. The amount was then paid into an account with a British bank.

– “We sent the request to the correct address, but received a response from the scammers. Unfortunately, we did not discover that, because the email address was very similar to the one we sent to,” communications adviser Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate told TU in December.

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