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IRS Warns of New Phishing Scam Targeting Human Resources Professionals

Steven Darien

Steven M. Darien serves as CEO of the Cabot Advisory Group in Bridgewater, New Jersey. With more than 30 years of experience in the field of human resources, Steven M. Darien maintains an interest in the development and best practices in human resources.

In February 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) advised the public that a new phishing scam is targeting professionals in human services and payroll positions. Phishing scams typically involve scammers posing as legitimate entities and asking for sensitive information via email.

In this new scam, criminals pretending to be IRS executives email HR professionals asking for lists of employees and corresponding W-2 forms. More than 30,000 individuals have become victims of this fraud already, according to the IRS.
To combat phishing scams like this one, the IRS advises companies to create firm policies about the sharing of tax information. The IRS also suggests that professionals avoid clicking links in unsolicited emails and use security software to combat malware and viruses that target sensitive information.

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