New Email Scam Targets Payroll

Church Law & Tax | 9/18/2019 | Staff
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A new email scam poses a significant threat to employers including churches, says Batts Morrison Wales & Lee (BMWL). The accounting firm issued this warning on September 13:

BMWL has learned from multiple sources about a new attempted scam related to employee payroll direct deposit accounts. In yet another version of “spear phishing,” fraudsters send a genuine-looking email to the payroll department in an organization purporting to be from an employee, requesting a change in the bank account to which the employee’s payroll direct deposit is sent.

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BMWL stressed that payroll departments should verify email requests for any changes “with employees independently of email,” which could include a phone call or an office visit.

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