Naperville Police Alert: Scammers Are Phishing, Using Employee Login Info to Divert Direct Deposits

Naperville posted an alert on their official Facebook page Thursday April 25, 2019 advising the community of a relatively new scam being reported across the country that is diverting employees’ paychecks into other accounts. Scammers are using employee login information to either email the company’s HR department to request a change to the employee’s direct deposit or to access the company’s HR system to change direct deposit information.

Often, this scam starts with an employee receiving a phishing email containing a link that requires the employee to enter his/her work credentials to confirm his/her identity.

Here are a few tips to protect yourself:

• Make sure you verify any suspicious emails as valid. If you’re not 100% sure it is legitimate, don’t open it! Send the email to your office’s HR or IT department for confirmation.

• Hover your cursor over hyperlinks included in emails to view the actual URL the link is taking you to. Ensure the URL is actually related to or associated with the company it purports to be from.

• Keep an eye out for any misspelled words, odd phrasing and poor grammar. These could be indications that the email is coming from elsewhere in the world.

• Refrain from supplying login credentials or personally identifying information in response to any email.

Here are a few tips to protect your workforce:

• Alert and educate your employees about this scheme.

• Require that login credentials used for payroll purposes differ from those used for other purposes.

• Apply heightened scrutiny to bank information initiated by employees seeking to update or change direct deposit credentials.

• Monitor employee logins that occur outside normal business hours.

• Restrict access to the Internet on systems handling sensitive information or implement two-factor authentication for access to sensitive systems and information.

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