A fraudulent email was recently sent out to Belton ISD employees requesting personal and financial information. 

The school district said the email was sent to a business office employee on Friday. 

Everything form home addresses and salary information was disclosed. 

Superintendent Susan Kincannon sent out an email to all affected employees reassuring them their tax refunds are being monitored and their information is being taken care of. 

At this time the FBI and IRS are looking into the case. 

Below is the email Superintendent Kincannon sent to those affected by the scam. 

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Dear [first name],

I deeply regret to inform you that your personal information has been compromised. 

Yesterday, I learned that a targeted “spear phishing” email message had been sent to a Business Office employee on Friday, January 27, 2017, requesting W-2 information. Spear phishing emails attempt to solicit personal information by posing as someone known to the recipient. The email sent last Friday used my name requesting copies of W-2s, which included names, addresses, Social Security Numbers, and earnings information. Unfortunately, the employee replied to the message on the day it was received and attached approximately 1,700 W-2s for current and former employees for 2016 calendar year who had opted to receive printed W-2s instead of accessing them electronically via Skyward.

Protecting your privacy is an important responsibility, and I take it very seriously. Since learning of the incident, we have notified the FBI, the IRS, state taxing authorities, and local police of the incident. The IRS has indicated to us that they will monitor affected employees’ returns for the purposes of attempting to prevent fraudulent tax refunds from being paid out. 

I recognize this issue is frustrating, and steps are being taken to protect you and safeguard the personal information we receive and maintain going forward. We are offering a complimentary two-year membership of Experian’s® ProtectMyID® Alert. This product helps detect possible misuse of your personal information and provides you with superior identity protection support focused on immediate identification and resolution of identity theft. ProtectMyID Alert is completely free and enrolling in this program will not hurt your credit score. Unfortunately, due to privacy laws, we are not able to enroll you directly. For more information on ProtectMyID Alert and instructions on how to activate your complimentary two-year membership, please see below.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) are attached for your reference. I encourage you to review the FAQs, remain vigilant, and sign up for the Experian services. A call center is being set up to answer any questions you may have. The center will be available beginning Thursday at 8:00 a.m. The number to the call center is 844-303-7314, and it will be open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sincerely,

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Susan Kincannon, Ed.D.

Superintendent