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RI Blood Center victimized by phishing scam

The Rhode Island Blood Center on Friday announced that it was the victim of a phishing scam. (WJAR)

The Rhode Island Blood Center on Friday announced that it was the victim of a phishing scam.

The Center said it received what appeared to be a legitimate request for W-2 tax information from 2015. But it was not what it appeared to be, and the information was sent out to an unauthorized third party.

"This is an extremely unfortunate situation that many organizations across the country have fallen victim to," Eric St. Peter, public relations coordinator for RIBC, said in a press release. "We are taking measures to make sure it does not happen again, and doing everything possible to help employees who may be affected by the breach."

The employees affected have received identity theft protection.

Donor information was not compromised.

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