IOSCO COUNTY, Mich. -- The Iosco County Sheriff’s Office is warning the community of a phishing scam targeting anyone that processes direct deposits for their employees.
The Sheriff's Office says the scammer is utilizing employer websites to obtain the information and they are urging any government or business with a website to take precautions when posting employee information online.
Iosco County reached out to other entities around the state and found several counties have fallen target, as well as school systems.
If a website lists an employee directory, it can make it easier for a scammer to make emails sound legitimate.
In addition, if the employee is a decision maker, it is possible to find the employee’s signature online in a document they published or approved for their employer.
Iosco County's Clerk's office received signed, emailed requests to change employee's direct deposits.
The requests were processed and changed for the alleged employees.
Prior to contact, the scammer had their personal information and had similar employee signatures in one case.
Their payroll was sent to a redirected bank, but the process was stopped in time for Iosco County to be refunded in full and immediately compensated with a paper check from the county.
The Sheriff's Office is urging any government or business with a website to take precautions when posting employee information online.
Anyone with questions may contact Deputy Klosowski at the Iosco County Sheriff’s Office at (989) 362-6164 or email him at email@example.com.