Phishing scam targets Sprouts employees

Posted at 5:59 PM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 22:55:12-04

Personal information included on tax forms of Sprouts employees has been compromised as the result of a phishing scam.

Company spokesperson Diego Romero confirmed that Sprouts was made aware of a “payroll incident” last week. An employee shared workers’ W-2 information with was believed to be a senior executive, Romero said.

A specific number of employees was not provided, though the company employs more than 21,000 people at more than 200 stores across the country, according to its website.

Sprouts is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service to look into the scam, Romero said.

The breach impacts those employed by Sprouts during the calendar year 2015. Those affected are receiving 12 months of ID theft protection and Sprouts has set up an employee information hotline, Romero said.

No other company systems were impacted by the scam.