The IRS renewed a warning about an e-mail scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, from company payroll or human resources departments, the agency said January 25 in a news release.
In the scam, cybercriminals tricked payroll and human resource officials into disclosing employee names, Social Security numbers, and income information. They then attempted to file fraudulent tax returns for refunds which was joined in its alert by state tax agencies and members of the tax industry, according to the IRS.
Notifications that the scam was making its way across the nation for a second time were received this week by the IRS. The agency urged company payroll officials to verify executive-level or unusual requests for lists of Forms W-2 or Social Security numbers.
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