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FBI: Payroll scam aimed at stealing employee paychecks at U.S. universities

The FBI says an ongoing email scam using official-looking email is aimed at stealing university employees’ paychecks by fraudulently informing recipients that their status has changed with Human Resources. Employees who respond to the emails or provide any personal or banking information risk having their funds diverted from their direct-deposit accounts, and the stolen money may not be recoverable.

WVU Human Resources will NEVER request employees’ personal information, including passwords and Social Security numbers, by email.

Never provide usernames or passwords to anyone seeking them via email, and never click on a link in an unsolicited or suspicious-looking email. If you think the email could be legitimate, go directly to the official website by typing in the URL instead.

If you suspect a suspicious email may be a scam, immediately forward the message as an attachment to

Phishing emails aimed at stealing your personal information often have obvious clues, including poor grammar, spelling errors, a sender’s email address that doesn’t match the message, and links that do not end with Learn more about phishing at

If you think you may have been a victim of this scam, please file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center a t

To learn more about this scam, please visit the FBI.