W-2 Phishing Scam

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Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving; Targeting Schools…

The IRS has discovered a W-2 email phishing scam and it has now spread to school districts. They are urging all “payroll officials to double check any executive-level or unusual requests for lists of Forms W-2 or Social Security number.” The scammers are using this information to file fraudulent tax returns.

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.


We value you as our customers and we know that you value your employees. We wanted to make sure you were aware of this recent scam.

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RDA Staff


2 thoughts on “W-2 Phishing Scam”

  1. Thank you for putting this information out to all your RDA users. We had already been notified by Lynchburg City Schools, who received a request to release their W2 information. I appreciate your diligence in keeping us informed and working to maintain security with our employee records.


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