W-2 scam affects 1,300 Pennsylvania tax payers

Three in-state companies and 13 out-of-state companies have been targeted, affecting 1,300 Pennsylvania tax payers

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is warning residents of a new phishing scam, targeting human resource and payroll employees.

Criminals disguise an e-mail to look like a message being sent from an organization executive. The e-mail requests a W-2 form for each employee in the organization. They can then use the information to commit a number of crimes, including identity theft.

The scam was around last year, and officials say this year it has expanded beyond the corporate world, even hitting public schools and non-profit organizations.

So far, three in-state companies and 13 out-of-state companies have been targeted, affecting 1,300 Pennsylvania tax payers.

“What we’re encouraging employers to do is let their staff know about this scam,” said Kevin Hensil with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. “Make sure they’re on the lookout. And if you were to receive an e-mail asking you to e-mail your W-2, remember to stop, connect, and confirm. Stop what you’re doing, connect with the person who sent it to you, and confirm the e-mail is real and not part of a scam.”

Anyone who believes they may have fallen victim to the scam is encouraged to report it to both the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and the IRS.

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