Sprouts workers' info exposed in fake email scam

Posted at 5:52 PM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 08:20:24-04

Numerous Sprouts workers may have had their personal information exposed after a corporate employee responded to an email that turned out to be a scam.

Last week, a payroll department employee at the company's headquarters in Arizona responded to an email thought to be from a company senior executive. In the email, the person asked for the 2015 W-2 statements of all Sprouts workers.

The employee complied with the request, but the company quickly realized that the email was not legitimate and contacted federal authorities.

The FBI and IRS are now investigating the scam. A company spokesperson did not say how many employees were affected by the phishing scam.

According to the spokesperson, Sprouts is providing information to their employees on how to obtain credit reports, as well as one year of identity theft protection services.

Sprouts has more than 220 stores in 13 states across the country.