Employers should watch out for a W-2 email phishing scam this tax season, according to a March 2017 news release by the Arizona Department of Revenue. A company human resources or payroll person may receive an email that appears to be from an executive of that business. The email may request employee W-2 data and/or payroll information to be emailed in reply. The Arizona Department of Revenue recommends companies and their staff never respond to the email to confirm the sender’s request. Instead, they suggest payroll or HR connect with the person whose name is on the email by phone or in person.
An organization receiving a W-2 scam email should contact the Department of Revenue’s Identity Theft Call Center at (602) 716-6300, and forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org and place W-2 Scam in the subject line. Additionally, any company that falls victim to this scam should immediately file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.