TULSA - The part of the email asking for bank account information is what made Stephen suspect fraud.
Plus the various links included so he forwarded it to us saying, "Whoever is behind this is pretending to be associated with the state of Oklahoma. This is false. They would never ask for your bank information."
In general, Stephen is right but this one really stands out because it's the real deal though it was sent to Stephen by mistake. It was intended to go to vendors to the state; which Stephen is not.
We confirmed through the state's Office of Management and Enterprise Services the links included go to secure state sites and vendor's banking information is needed because the state can no longer cut checks.
That's thanks to legislation passed in 2011, all payments have to be electronic, not on paper.
That change to electronic payments is also why state tax refunds are now only issued by direct deposit or a debit card.
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