If you received an email from “the boss” requesting a PDF of the 2016 W-2s and earnings summary of all staff for quick review, would you send it?
The Internal Revenue Service issued a News Release on January 25 warning about an email scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee Forms W-2 from company payroll and human resources departments.
The IRS received notification that the scam, which first appeared in 2016, is making its way around the country again this year. The fraudulent email, which may contain the actual name of the CEO, requests employee W-2 information. Cybercriminals then file fraudulent returns for tax refunds.
For the IRS News Release about this alert, please check the Forms and Downloads page in the Customer Center.