The IRS is reporting new incidences of an email scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee W-2s from company payroll and human resource departments.
The IRS urges company payroll officials to double check any executive-level or unusual requests for lists of W-2s or Social Security numbers.
The W-2 scam first appeared last year. Cybercriminals tricked payroll and human resource officials into disclosing employee names, SSNs, and income information. The thieves then attempted to file fraudulent tax returns for tax refunds. See the complete IRS news release for more details.