The scammers created a fake Gmail account by adding a third "n" to Scott's email address. Then they emailed Scott's accountant, Cathy Gellatly, to do the wire transfers, the Times reported.
In 2014, a second wire transfer against Ann Scott was attempted when her Gmail account was compromised, the FDLE reported. Wire transfers in the amount of $397,330 were requested, but this time Gellatly did not transfer any money, according to the Times.
Documents obtained by the newspaper showed that the FDLE investigated each case for more than a year. The agency recovered all of Scott's money, but no one was charged with a crime in either case, the Times reported.
"In both cases, agents were not able to identify suspects based on the information developed," FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said. "The agents believe the crimes were committed by individuals outside the U.S., using techniques to conceal their identities."
"The first lady was the victim of sophisticated email phishing scams involving her personal finances that was in no way related to the state business of Florida," said McKinley Lewis, a spokesman for the Scotts. "Once these scams were discovered, FDLE was notified and properly investigated."