<h1>West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey alerted employers to an email phishing scam that has already targeted two entities in southern West Virginia.<\/h1>\r\nStaff members, in both instances, reportedly received fraudulent emails from an address similar to that of their chief supervisor. The emails, typically sent to human resource and payroll divisions, request wage information and Form W-2s for all employees.\r\n\r\nAny recipient who replies to the email and sends the information as requested, unknowingly turns over that data to the perpetrator, who then uses the Form W-2s to file false tax returns.\r\n\r\n\u201cTax season is upon us, and scammers are ready to pounce,\u201d Morrisey said. \u201cEveryone must be careful and closely examine any request for employees\u2019 Form W-2. Check, double and triple check any such email to make sure it\u2019s legitimate.\u201d\r\n<h2>The attorney general\u2019s Consumer Protection Division learned of two data breaches in southern West Virginia.<\/h2>\r\nThe impact has been limited to those employed by the entities, and both report having taken steps to notify those affected.\r\n\r\nMedia reports indicate similar instances across the nation. The Internal Revenue Service reports the scam targets schools, restaurants, hospitals, tribal groups and nonprofits.\r\n\r\nAnyone receiving a tax-related email must closely examine the email address. Oftentimes, the fraudulent email will include a slight variation from the legitimate address. Recipients also are urged to contact their supervisor by phone or in-person to verify the request.\r\n\r\nBeyond those tips, recipients should never hit reply if there is the slightest bit of concern.\r\n\r\nAnyone who believes they have received such an email or believes their information to have been compromised can contact the attorney general\u2019s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.