Watch Out For Internal Spoofed Emails

Posted September 28, 2018 by Mary McGinley

The FBI recently issued a warning to employees and HR departments about spoofed emails which may appear to come from inside their company.

In an article appearing on the WAFB website, the latest rash of scams from cybercriminals is going after the pay of workers across a number of industries.

The federal agency warns that workers will often receive an email that appears to have been generated internally from their company’s HR department asking them to update their payroll information. When the worker clicks on the link, they are redirected to a website which looks like the worker is still inside the company’s internal website. The difference is that the site that they have been redirected to is actually controlled by the scammers. When the worker enters their username and password, the cybercriminals have all of the information that they need in order to redirect the employee’s paycheck to a different bank account and cheating the worker out of their pay.

The FBI suggests never clicking on such links. Instead, workers are encouraged to contact their HR department by phone or directly to answer any questions regarding their payroll or any other personal information.

The FBI has a list of common fraud schemes for workers to be aware of so that they can prevent themselves and their families from being victimized.