The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert today to all employers that the Form W-2 email phishing scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors, including school districts, tribal organizations and nonprofits. In a related development, the W-2 scammers are coupling their efforts to steal employee W-2 information with an older scheme on wire transfers that is victimizing some organizations twice
With students headed back to school in a few short weeks, parents and students alike should be advised of telephone scammers who target taxpayers during the back-to-school season. Such scammers demand payment for taxes like the "Federal Student Tax" -- a bogus tax.
Scammers are always trying to update ways in which they can carry out their scams, including: altering the caller ID on incoming calls, imitating legitimate software providers, verifying a taxpayer's tax return o