The Internal Revenue Service is warning businesses about a new scam revolving around an old idea — phishing for information.
The new scheme has already claimed several victims as payroll and human resource offices mistakenly emailed payroll data, W-2 forms and other personal information to cybercriminals posing as company executives.
“This is a new twist on an old scheme using the cover of the tax season and W-2 filings to try tricking people into sharing personal data,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a news release. “If your CEO appears to be emailing you for a list of company employees, check it out before you respond.”
The IRS recently renewed a wider consumer alert for email schemes after seeing a 400 percent increase in phishing and malware incidents so far this tax season.