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As tax season gets underway, a new scam returns

The 2017 tax has started with the Internal Revenue Service starting to accept 2016. As more workers want their W-2s, there's an old scam that has returned.

The crooks use a company chief executive officer's name to request employee Form W-2 from company payroll or human resources departments. Usually, the email sender requests a list of employees and information including social security numbers.

The IRS said it has already received alerts that the email scam had made its way across the country for the second time. The IRS urges company payroll officials to double check any executive-level or unusual requests for lists of Forms W-2 or Social Security number.

This type of email scam features a "spoofing" email, the IRS said.

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.

The IRS said it's teaming up with states and the tax industry to fight against tax-related identity theft and cyber criminals.

Copyright 2017 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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