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IRS Warns of W-2/Social Security Number Scam

The IRS released a warning March 28, 2017, of an email scam targeting both public- and private-sector employers. The scammer poses as an internal executive requesting Form W‑2 and Social Security Number information from company payroll or human resources departments. They may even send an initial Hi, are you in today” message before the request.

The IRS has established a process to report any data losses related to the W‑2 scam. See details at Form W‑2/SSN Data Theft: Information for Businesses and Payroll Service Providers.

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