Nearly 1,400 YPS employees personal information leaked after email scam

An email scam led to between 1,300 and 1,400 Yukon Public Schools employees’ personal information being leaked on Wednesday.
During the middle of the day on Wednesday a Yukon Public Schools employee received an email that looked like it came from YPS Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth.
The email asked for all of the W2 information for all employees at Yukon Public Schools.
“I saw the original email and it looked real and it looked like it came from me,” Simeroth said. “It even had my name on the subject line. Our employee was just doing her job and she opened the email and started gathering the information to send in a reply email.”
YPS assistant superintendent Dr. Jason Brunk walked into Simeroth’s office and asked him if this was everything he needed from the request he had made in the email.
Simeroth said he looked at Brunk and asked him “what email?”
They quickly figured out what was going on but the reply from the employee had already been sent to the original sender with all of the W2 information from every YPS employee.
Simeroth said they immediately alerted the authorities and took immediate action. He also added that protecting the employees at YPS and their personal information is of high importance.
There was a second email sent to the employee after the reply was sent. The second email from the scammer asked for more information.
“We are hoping that means they did not get what they were looking for since they sent the second email,” Simeroth said. “The authorities said this is a common thing around this time of year and these people are trying to submit false tax returns. Even though this is a common thing right now, we are looking at different ways to improve our system to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again in the future.”
The incident occurred just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday but because of the investigation being done by the local authorities, Simeroth said they were not permitted to alert the YPS employees until between 2 and 3 p.m.

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