W-2 Scam is Targeting Payroll and Human Resource Departments

January 30, 2017

W-2 Scam is Targeting Payroll and Human Resource Departments

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) along with the Internal Revenue Service and the tax industry have issued a warning about an email scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee W-2 Forms from company payroll and human resource departments.

No matter how official the email requesting W-2 or Social Security numbers may look – DO NOT respond without making sure the request is legitimate.

The following are some of the details that may be contained in the emails:

  • 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 type, you can send it as an attachment. Kindly prepare the lists and email them to me asap.
    • DRS is advising people to contact them at, 800-382-9463 to report an email scam.