Top 10 List of Scams of 2018 (

Consumer Fraud Reporting has released the Current 2018 Top 10 List of Scams and Frauds. It outlines the more prevalent schemes which have already been used over the last decade to defraud businesses and individuals. It also details other common scams. It is well worth the time to read this article and familiarize yourself with these matters.

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IRS Alerts Payroll and HR Professionals to Phishing Scheme Involving W-2s

The Internal Revenue Service issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees.

IRS has learned this scheme, part of the surge in phishing emails seen this year, has already claimed several victims as payroll and human resources offices mistakenly email payroll data including Forms W-2 that contain Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information to cybercriminals posing as company executives.

This phishing variation is known as a “spoofing” email. It will contain, for example, the actual name of the company chief executive officer. In this variation, the “CEO” sends an email to a company payroll office employee and requests a list of employees and information including SSNs.


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