The Internal Revenue Service has released a statement warning consumers of a potential W-2 scam that is currently circulating the country. The scam consists of phony emails which use the names of the corporate officer’s to request employee Forms W-2 from company payroll or human resources departments.
Accoding to the release publiched on the IRS website:
“This phishing variation is known as a “spoofing” e-mail. It will contain, for example, the actual name of the company chief executive officer. In this variation, the “CEO” sends an email to a company payroll office or human resource employee and requests a list of employees and information including SSNs.
The following are some of the details that may be contained in the emails:
- Kindly send me the individual 2016 W-2 (PDF) and earnings summary of all W-2 of our company staff for a quick review.
- Can you send me the updated list of employees with full details (Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Home Address, Salary).
- I want you to send me the list of W-2 copy of employees wage and tax statement for 2016, I need them in PDF file type, you can send it as an attachment. Kindly prepare the lists and email them to me asap.”
We encourage all of our readers to be watchful when giving out personal information in any form.