SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick is warning the public of an increased volume of direct deposit phishing scams in the county.
Typically, the scammer will send a request by email to the payroll department of a local business or government organization.
The email appears to have been sent by the employee’s email address and directs human resources to change the deposit bank for a different one. The email provides a new bank account and routing number which belongs to the scammer.
Once the deception is detected, the employee has typically already lost at least one deposit.
This scam may also appear in similar forms and often targets transactions that involve moving large sums of money electronically, including, real estate, law offices, and tax preparers.
The District Attorney is advising local businesses and individuals to be wary of electronic requests to change deposit accounts for any reason, including direct deposit, real estate transactions, wire transfers.
If anyone feels they have fallen victim to this scam, please contact Senior Assistant District Attorney Melanie Carden at 315-435-2470.