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Email Phishing Scheme Involving W-2s

March 8, 2016

The IRS has issued an alert to payroll and human resource professionals of phishing emails that purport to be from company executives and request personal information about employees.  

“This is a new twist on an old scheme using the cover of the tax season and W-2 filings to try tricking people into sharing personal data. Now the criminals are focusing their schemes on company payroll departments,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “If your CEO appears to be emailing you for a list of company employees, check it out before you respond. Everyone has a responsibility to remain diligent about confirming the identity of people requesting personal information about employees.”

Identity thieves are only getting more creative in their attempts to obtain personal information from unsuspecting individuals.  Please, please, do not give out your information, or that of anyone else, to an unverified source. 

If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact the office at 541.388.7888.

   

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