This time each year the IRS and various law enforcement groups observe a marked increase in phishing scams aimed at collecting employee W-2 forms which risk exposing crucial employee information such as Social Security numbers and other data used for identity theft.

 

To combat this threat, the IRS established an incident reporting method:

 

Email dataloss@irs.gov to notify the IRS of a W-2 data loss. Provide the contact information listed below so the IRS may contact you. In the subject line, type “W2 Data Loss” for email routing.  Do not attach any employee personally identifiable information (PII) data but include:

 

a.    Business name

b.    Business employer identification number (EIN) associated with the data loss

c.    Contact name

d.    Contact phone number

e.    Summary of how the data loss occurred

f.    Volume of employees impacted

 

If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, please visit the following tested and verified website provided by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - https://www.identitytheft.gov/

 

As always, we thank you for your vigilance in keeping our campus and our data secure. For questions and support, please contact Information Technology Solutions at (951) 827-IT4U (4848) or BearHelp@ucr.edu.