PHISHING SCAM: Hundreds of W-2s stolen from city of San Marcos


Confidential information of more than 800 current and former city of San Marcos employees has been compromised after one employee fell for a phishing scam, officials said Thursday.

Officials learned Monday that a payroll employee had been sent a targeted phishing email on Feb. 22 that was made to look like it was from the mayor. The employee then sent back all of the city’s 2016 W-2 forms, which contain sensitive information including Social Security numbers.

Finance director Heather Hurlbert said the city figured out what had happened after a few employees reported that they had tried to file their tax returns and were rejected by the IRS because records showed that another return had already been filed.

Read the full story on how the city is responding and how other agencies have been hit with similar scams.



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