Employers Beware! IRS warns of W-2 Scam

Business owners beware! Every year there are people that claim to be part of the IRS to scare you into giving them information. This year, there is a payroll scam where they are sending out e-mails where they are asking for W-2 information. 

Remember, on these W-2′s there is a lot of sensitive information that could hurt your employees and your company. 

Although the e-mails seem legitimate, do not send any information. Some examples of these scam e-mails are:

  • Kindly send me the individual 2016 W-2 (PDF) and earnings summary of all W-2 of our company staff for a quick review.
  • Can you send me the updated list of employees with full details (Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Home Address, Salary).
  • I want you to send me the list of W-2 copy of employees wage and tax statement for 2016, i need them in PDF file format, you can send it as an attachment. Kindly prepare the lists and email them to me asap.

The IRS goes through a very formal process and does not request documents with such short notice. If you are still unsure if it is a scam or not, give them a call directly to verify if it was actually them.

Visit the site below to see what the IRS stated about this scam and for more information.

https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-states-and-tax-industry-renew-alert-about-form-w2-scam-targeting-payroll-human-resource-departments

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