Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Patrick Industries Inc. fell victim to a W-2 phishing scheme and wants to warn other companies to be vigilant.
The Elkhart Truth reported that some employees at the company, a manufacturer of building products and materials to the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries, received an e-mail that appeared to be from Patrick Industries CEO Todd Cleveland requesting they email their W-2 income tax forms to him.
However, Elkhart Police Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Snyder said the message requesting the W-2s and the e-mail address where employees were directed to send their W-2s both were fraudulent. But the scheme wasn’t identified until after several employees had emailed their W-2s, which contain several pieces of personal identification.
Some employees sent folders containing bulk batches of W-2s to the fake email address.
Courtney Blosser, chief human resources officer for Patrick Industries, said that the company is offering a year’s worth of credit monitoring and protection through Experian to all affected employees. Patrick Industries has also contracted with an outside organization that will offer a 12-hour, 6 days-a-week call center for any employees that have questions, concerns or persistent issues because of the phishing scheme.
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