Federal agents will return $1.54 million recovered from an email scam to Appalachian State University. It is only a portion of the $1.96 million lost. In 2016, the school entered into a contract with Rodgers Builders for constructing a new health science facility. The two parties then made the necessary arrangements for wire transfers and direct deposits. Then, a staffer at the university received an email from somebody posing as Doug McDowell, the controller at Rodgers Builders. It provided a new form for direct deposits and rerouting instructions. A week later, the university sent $1.96 million through the new channels. Later in the month, the real Doug McDowell contacted the university, asking why he had not been paid. It turned out, the email address of the fake McDowell was slightly different from that of the real McDowell. Authorities were contacted, and FBI agents immediately tracked down $961,000 in an account opened by a group calling itself Royce Hub Trading. A month later, another $600,000 was recovered through an obfuscating web of shell companies. The university had fallen victim to a BEC (business email compromise) scam. Businesses frequently using wire transfers are typically targeted. Wire fraud and money laundering are among the crimes with which the conspirators have been charged.