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Webinar: W-2 Fraud – A Privacy Risk for Employees and Nonprofits

Authored By: D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center


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Every year around this time, employers and their HR professionals are duped into sending W-2s to cyber thieves who then use the information to attempt to fraudulently file tax returns and claim refunds. Fraudsters bypass all the security devices, firewalls, perimeter defenses, and even APT defenses, and increasingly, cyber thieves are targeting nonprofits to hand over the goods . . . and they do so. HR or finance staff don't realize that the email requesting the W-2s is not from the Executive Director because the email may appear to be legitimate.

Elizabeth McGinn and James Shreve, two experienced privacy and security attorneys from BuckleySandler discuss W-2 fraud incidents in the last year and the outlook for tax season.

Topics discussed:

  • The common signatures of such attacks
  • Ways to alert and train employees to lower the risk of a successful attack
  • How such cases are handled by the IRS
  • Related cases that indicate losses may not be covered by cybersecurity insurance 

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