There has been a scam around for years, but few people know about it. That is because the scammers have been targeting corporation and not the average company. That has all come to an end. They are now targeting average businesses like yours and mine. The game goes like this….
Scammer emails human resources or payroll stating that the executive(s) of the company need a list of all W-2 employees, their contact information, tax information, etc. Because it looks legit, the information is sent as requested. The new twist is a wire transfer scam. Not only do the scammers get the tax information, but also thousands of dollars.
The solution to the problem is communication.
- Communicate with your staff about this scam.
- Set up policies within your organization on the proper protocols for information transfer.
What to do if you have been scammed:
- If you have received an email scam please forward it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- If your W-2’s have been stolen please see the steps located at: www.identitytheft.gov or www.irs.gov/identitytheft
- You are an employee and your tax return is rejected because of a duplicate Social Security issue: file a Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit
If you are not sure where to go, please contact our office and we can direct you to the right resources.