W-2 fraud

January 31, 2017

Shopping for W2s, Tax Data on the Dark Web

This post was originally published on this siteThe 2016 tax season is now in full swing in the United States, which means scammers are once again assembling vast dossiers of personal data and preparing to file fraudulent tax refund requests on behalf of millions of Americans. But for those lazy identity thieves who can’t be bothered to phish or steal the needed data, there is now another option: Buying stolen W-2 tax forms from other crooks who have phished the documents wholesale from corporations. A cybercriminal shop selling 2016 W-2 tax data. Pictured in the screenshot above is a cybercriminal shop […]
February 2, 2017

IRS: Scam Blends CEO Fraud, W-2 Phishing

This post was originally published on this siteMost regular readers here are familiar with CEO fraud — e-mail scams in which the attacker spoofs the boss and tricks an employee at the organization into wiring funds to the fraudster. Loyal readers also have heard an earful about W-2 phishing, in which crooks impersonate the boss and request a copy of all employee tax forms. According to a new “urgent alert” issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, scammers are now combining both schemes and targeting a far broader range of organizations than ever before. The IRS said phishers are off to a much […]