Denver Public Schools employees have direct deposit paychecks stolen in phishing scam

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DENVER — Denver public schools are beefing up their online security after hackers stole more than $26,000 in paychecks.

Over 160 employees got a phony email asking for personal information. Seven people fell for it. Hackers were able to get enough sensitive information to steal their direct deposit paychecks February 27.

Cyber security experts say scams like these can be very convincing.

“Once the bad guy has control of your computer when you try to log into your legitimate bank account it’ll send a pop up that says please call us and they’re giving the bad guy’s phone number not the banks,” explains Steve Fox of Security Pursuit.

Fox says the best way to protect yourself from a phishing scam is to double check you are giving your information to a legitimate entity before you give it out.

Denver Public Schools is conducting an internal investigation into this hack. Denver police are also conducting a criminal investigation.​

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