Bono Would Be Proud – Hackers Found What They’re Looking For…Your W2
It’s tax time again. Besides paying the IRS money you don’t have, you have another problem. And it’s your company. They have made you a probable victim of identity theft. How so? Because someone in your company sent these cyber ne’er-do-well’s your name and social security number. Plus your wages, tax withheld, you know. Non-essential stuff.
How W2 Fraud Happens – And It’s Way Too Easy
Email to employee in finance department: “Hi. I’m the world-famous CEO of this company, and I can’t be bothered with picking up the phone becasue I’m way too busy and important. So, for reasons known only to God and a small band of Gregorian monks nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, I need all the W2’s for our company sent RIGHT NOW!
What to do when you’re not the CEO? Most likely you send them. Think I’m kidding?
- Luzerne County Community College staffers’ Social Security numbers released in mass email
In fact, a Google search on “W2 data breach” returned 27,300 results. That means there are still way to many suckers being born every minute out there.
What Can You Do
How about this?
Yes…pick up the phone and call. Not maybe, though. Just do it! Anytime financial or personally identifiable information is leaving your hands, especially over email, pick up the phone and make sure the person you think you’re send it to is really the person you think you’re sending it to. Here’s a video I did earlier that will help you defeat the forces of darkness and win the day.
If you at least do a few simple things, like really look at the email address and what’s behind it, you’ll make the criminals and Bono both say “And I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.”