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New tax season, same old tax scam

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The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax prep industry have renewed warnings about an email scam that began last tax season. The scam uses a real corporate officer’s name to request employees’ W-2s from a company’s Payroll or HR department.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice …

Last week, the IRS reported that it had already received new notification that this email scam is again plaguing Payroll and HR departments around the nation. It’s urging payroll professionals to double check any executive-level or unusual requests for lists of W-2s or employees’ Social Security numbers (SSNs).

This phishing variation, known as a spoofing email, will often contain the actual name of your company’s CEO or another high-ranking company official. In one variation, the CEO sends an email to the Payroll or HR department and requests a list of employees and their personal identifying information, including SSNs. Be on the lookout for em...(register to read more)

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