If you get an email claiming to be from the IRS telling you that you need to submit information for your W-2, it is a scam intended to trick people into sending their personal information to identity thieves
The Better Business Bureau issued a warning today about this new scam.
Consumers receive an email supposedly from the IRS warning them that they have not submitted their W-2 form and giving them a link to click to input the information.
The IRS will not email you. They will send a letter if they need more information. And W-2 forms are submitted by employers, not taxpayers.
"This is a new identity theft scam that the BBB has not seen before," Janet C. Hart, a spokeswoman for the BBB
in Charlotte, N.C., said in a statement "However, it is very timely and relevant information because employers have until Jan. 31, 2011, to get your W-2 form to you. So consumers could easily think it's real and wind up as victims of identity theft."
There have been several IRS scams
before. Sometimes the email comes from the "Treasury Department
" stating that a refund or tax inheritance is waiting and the consumer needs to provide personal information. A link or an attachment is often included, sometimes leading to an official-looking form.
Here are some tips to help you recognize a scam: