A new scam making its way now attempts to get direct deposits of employees’ pay to another bank account.
The scammers email Human Resources (HR) Directors requesting a Direct Deposit Form, which is the step taken when an employee wishes to sign up for or make a change to their paycheck deposit.
The email appears to come from an employee’s work email address, but in fact has been spoofed by the scammers.
Officials said among the victims has been a state employee, where the transaction was completed and the paycheck was deposited into the wrong account.
State cyber crime investigators are tracking this activity, which is primarily being done inside state agencies.
However, officials warn any HR director to always make direct, verbal contact with an employee who appears to be asking for a change in any of their information, especially when it comes to banking account changes.
A red flag should be raised if an HR director receives a request from an employee asking for their checks to be deposited into a Green Dot account, which are created by scammers to help them easily receive deposits so they can spend the money like cash.