IRS Warns of W-2 Scam

Warning to Consumers and Companies of Bogus Email

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) -- The IRS is warning folks and especially businesses to not fall victim to a W-2 scam.

It targets companies to reveal information about their employees, including social security numbers.
The IRS says prominent companies have fallen prey to this phony tax scam and now the Feds and state tax agencies are renewing their efforts to warn companies.

ABC4 reached Raphael Tulino, IRS Spokesperson by phone. "we are seeing a scammer acting like a CEO or a head of a company and what they do is send an email."

That email can be convincing with the actual name of the company's CEO. It might read:  'kindly send me the individual 2016 W-2 and earnings summary.'
'we need an updated list of employees with their social security number, date of birth, home address and salary.'
'please send it in a pdf file ASAP.'

Tulino, "most legitimate companies, certainly the IRS, won't ask for personal and intrusive information."

The scam is targeting payroll and human resource departments. The IRS says, while progress has been made in fighting against tax-related identity theft, the IRS says cyber criminals are using more sophisticated tactics to steal data to impersonate taxpayers.

Tulino, "there were some prominent companies that did report this information was provided and that scammer was successful in obtaining the information when in reality it was a scammer and bogus email."

The IRS says protect yourself. Make sure your computer has security software with firewall and anti-virus protection.
They say be aware of phishing emails and safeguard your personal information.

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