By Airlie Ward
At 54, Steve Fisher thought he was finally about to realise his dream of home ownership when hackers robbed him of $90,000.
- Steve Fisher is an abuse survivor and this year agreed on a settlement with the Anglican Church
- He was using the money to buy his first home, but his conveyancer’s email was targeted by hackers
- The ACCC says email compromise scams cost Australians more than $130 million every year
Mr Fisher had long thought he may not be able to buy a home in his lifetime.
After being abused as a young boy by an Anglican priest, the quest for justice took a toll
Mr Fisher faces a daily battle with PTSD, anxiety and depression.
This year, he reached a compensation settlement with the Anglican Church and planned to use that money to purchase a home in Tasmania’s north-west.
“I was happy with the settlement and then everything went south,” he said.
The conveyancing lawyer Mr Fisher used sent him an email with settlement details and an account to transfer the $90,000 to.
After he made the transfer, Mr Fisher said he received a phone call from the lawyer asking where the money was – the email had been intercepted by a hacker and the account details changed.