Human Resources Status Change
How the scam works:
You might become a victim of this scam if you work for a big corporation, university, or organization with a lot of employees. How does it work? Employees receive fraudulent emails indicating a change in their Human Resources status. The email contains a link directing the employee to log into their Human Resources website to identify this change.
The page provided appears very similar to the real site in an effort to steal the employee’s credentials. Once the employee enters his/her login information, the scammer takes that information and signs into the employee’s official Human Resources account to change the employee’s direct deposit information. This redirects the employee’s paycheck to the bank account of the scammer, which most likely is in a different country.
How to avoid the HR Notification scam:
It might be a little tough to avoid, as you might receive emails from inside the company on regular basis. However, compnaies are typically very keen on maintaining the same consistency in branding, so pay attention to the details of the page that’s opening up. Look for familiar other links on it, that usually show up on your employer’s real page. Don’t be afraid to even shoot an email to your own Human Resources, or even call them, to ask about the message received. Better safe than sorry.
How to report the HR Notification scam:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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