Tax related phishing attempts frequently occur, because criminals would love to get their hands on your W-2 so they can steal your identity and/or your tax refund. This article (new for 2018 tax season) is posted to share with you what you should expect and what a legitimate W-2 email sent from Ohio State looks like.
Enterprise Security staff at Ohio State are seeing an increase in the volume of phishing emails offering users attachments, links or instructions for downloading their W-2 forms. These are fraudulent emails designed to steal your identity and Social Security number. See the full article for tips on how to spot a scam.
Identity theft is an important issue year-round, but tax season calls for heightened vigilance among those filing online. According to the United States Department of Justice, in 2013 “over 5 million tax returns were filed using stolen identities, claiming approximately $30 billion in refunds.”
We don’t want your identity to be one of those stolen for fraudulent tax returns, so we’re sharing useful tips from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that can help keep your identity safe this tax season.