Don’t be fooled by fake emails

Payroll departments must stay vigilant to avoid being taken in by online scams asking them to disclose confidential information
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 03/01/2017

A recent United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) alert about an email scam targeting payroll and human resources departments is a reminder of how important it is for employers to implement and follow good cyber-safety practices.

In late January, the IRS warned employers to be aware of what it called a “phishing” email scam circulating across the United States. Phishing emails pretend to be from a legitimate organization or person seeking financial and/or identity information.

In the scam the IRS warned about, the emails use a corporate officer’s name to trick payroll and HR workers into disclosing employee names, social security numbers and income information. “The thieves then attempt to file fraudulent tax returns for tax refunds,” said the IRS in a news release.