Don’t Fall for These Year-End E-Mail Scams Targeting Payroll Data

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By Stephen Miller, CEBS for SHRM 

IRS and FBI advise warning employees to guard their payroll passwords

The IRS and FBI are urging employers to prepare for end-of-the-year scams that aim to steal employee information.

“The holidays and tax season present great opportunities for scam artists to steal valuable information through fake e-mails,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig cautioned. While consumers are spending more time online making purchases, payroll staffs are preparing for end-of-the-year tax report deadlines. Rettig advised everyone to “watch your inbox for these sophisticated schemes that try to fool you into thinking they’re from the IRS or our partners in the tax community.”

The IRS reported a surge of new e-mail phishing scams, with a 60 percent increase this year in bogus e-mail schemes that seek to steal money or tax data. One recent malware campaign used a variety of subject lines such as “IRS Important Notice,” “IRS Taxpayer Notice” and other variations insinuating official IRS correspondence.

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