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Beware of Phishing Schemes Targeting W-2 Information

Anne Bisagno

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With tax season upon us, we’re seeing phishing schemes targeting company W-2 information. Messages, such as those below, will come to HR or finance personnel from criminals impersonating a senior executive such as the CEO:

 

• Kindly send me the individual 2015 W-2 (PDF) and earnings summary for 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).
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  • • I want you to send me the list of W-2 copy of employees’ wage and tax statements for 2015. I need them in PDF file type. You can send it as an attachment. Kindly prepare the lists and email them to me asap.
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Companies as large as Seagate have fallen prey to this scam. As a result, we believe it is prudent to alert all members of your staff with access to this information about this new phishing attack.

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