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Social Security Numbers Identity Theft

It's W-2 Phishing Season: How to Stop, and Respond to, Tax-Related Identity Fraud Aimed at Your Organization's Employees

by Littler on

HR and payroll professionals nationwide have been, and will continue to be, targeted with e-mails apparently sent by a senior executive but actually sent by scammers who ask for a prompt reply with the 2016 W-2s for all of...more

Tax Filing Fraud

by Bryan Cave on

Tax returns and W-2s are information rich documents that contain the name and Social Security Number of an employee, as well as information concerning their salary and address, and personal behavior and characteristics (e.g.,...more

Information Security and Privacy Group News: Phishing Alert: Employee W-2 Information at Risk

by Murtha Cullina on

It's happening again. This time last year, there were a substantial number of phishing attacks all over the country targeting employee W-2 information. According to the IRS, phishing and other schemes jeopardizing tax...more

IRS and Others Renew Warnings About Fraudulent Emails Targeting Employee Tax Information

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

With tax season in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), state tax agencies, and tax industry groups recently renewed a warning about Form W-2 email spear-phishing scams. ...more

Social Security Number Privacy Policies: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

Social Security Numbers (“SSN”) were originally established by the Social Security Administration to track earnings and eligibility for Social Security benefits. Because a SSN is a unique personal identifier that rarely...more

Milwaukee Bucks become latest victim to w-2 phishing scheme

We have been repeatedly warning our clients and readers about the massive and successful W-2 phishing schemes where hackers impersonate the CEO or CFO and send emails to payroll and/or HR folks in companies requesting W-2...more

Phishing Season Opens for 2016 Tax Filings – Beware of “W-2 Phishing Scams”

by K&L Gates LLP on

Tax season brings many headaches, but none as miserable as sophisticated scammer efforts to steal employee W-2 information. Using social engineering and modest technological tools, a “spear phishing” attack seeks to trick...more

How Employers Can Help Prevent W-2's From Being Breached and Their Employees From Becoming Victims of ID Theft

by Bryan Cave on

The Internal Revenue Service issued an alert about an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees. The IRS has learned this scheme – part of...more

Understanding Social Security Number Privacy Policies

by Bryan Cave on

Social Security Numbers (“SSN”) were originally established by the Social Security Administration to track earnings and eligibility for Social Security benefits. Because a SSN is a unique personal identifier that rarely...more

Uber class action case hits roadblock

A California federal judge has ruled that a former Uber driver who is suing Uber in a proposed class action case was unable to show that he suffers an immediate threat of identity theft and dismissed the driver’s first...more

IRS, States, Industry Continue Progress to Protect Taxpayers from Identity Theft

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On October 20, 2015, the IRS, state taxing authorities, and leaders of the tax industry announced continued progress to expand and strengthen protection against identity theft in refund fraud for the 2016 tax season. “We are...more

Privacy Tip #6 – Protecting your child’s identity

I have spent some time over the past few weeks concentrating on steps individuals can take to protect their privacy and identity. But how do you protect your child’s identity?...more

Is it legal to ask for a social security number on an application?

by Kirton McConkie PC on

Q. Our current job application asks for the applicant’s SSN. Is that legal? I feel it might not be a good idea with all the high-profile news of identity theft. Originally published in the Utah Legal Law Letter....more

Weekly Privacy Tip#2 – Protecting your (and your employees’ and customers’) Social Security numbers

Social Security numbers are one of the highest risk data elements known to mankind. A Social Security number in combination with a name and date of birth (which are publicly accessible) in the hands of a bad person can...more

Taxpayer Identity Theft

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Recently, there has been a spike in felons filing fraudulent income tax returns seeking refunds. The identity thief merely acquires a taxpayer’s name, address and Social Security Number, and files a return with a different...more

Pennsylvania Court Dismisses Data Breach Claims

by Cozen O'Connor on

In 2014, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s computer system was hacked, resulting in the disclosure of sensitive personal information of current and former employees, including names, addresses, birthdates, social...more

IRS Offers Floridians Extra Protection Against Tax-Related Identity Theft

You are most likely aware of the recent news stories about the growing problem of identity theft in the tax area. The identity theft is usually only discovered when a person goes to file their return and discovers that a tax...more

Immigrant Who Used Someone Else’s SSN To Obtain Employment Was Properly Deported To Mexico

Gloria Ibarra-Hernandez, a native and citizen of Mexico, sought review of a final order of removal from the United States after the Board of Immigration Appeals (the “Board”) held that she was ineligible for cancellation of...more

On the Fifth Day of Privacy, California (and Delaware) gave to me

sing it with me now…. Five Golden Rules…….(well, five new privacy laws/requirements) There are five significant new privacy laws/amendments that will be effective as of New Year’s Day — January 1, 2015 — and...more

California Amends Law to Expand Businesses’ Obligations in the Wake of a Data Breach

by Wilson Elser on

Entities that own, license or maintain personally identifiable information on California residents beware – on January 1, 2015, an amendment to California’s privacy and breach law goes into effect that may have a significant...more

California Expands Data Breach Law

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On September 30, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1710, a bill which expands California’s existing data breach laws. As we discuss in further detail below, the new laws introduce substantive...more

The Effect of California's New Privacy Laws on Your Company

by Baker Donelson on

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on September 30, three amendments to California's privacy laws of which every business must be aware. The amendments to the Civil Code (i) significantly broaden the scope of...more

Breaking Old Ground: California Again Amends Breach Law

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Not to be outdone by Florida, California has yet again amended its breach law and again in groundbreaking (yet confusing) fashion. On September 30, 2014, California Governor Brown signed into law a bill (“AB 1710”) that...more

California Privacy Laws Change: Identity Theft Prevention and Mitigation Services

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Continuing the trend of changes in state breach notification and related laws, Cal. A.B. 1710 amends California's breach notification, security procedures, and Social Security number (SSN) laws in the wake of significant data...more

The IRS will not flag, identify or otherwise note a SSN that may be subject to identity theft and subsequent tax fraud. Go figure....

by Wilson Elser on

Nearly every day there’s another news story about another company suffering a data breach, either as a result of a lost or stolen device or because the company was hacked. Talk to any number of knowledgeable attorneys skilled...more

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