We will all soon be receiving our 2018 W-2s. Cyber criminals know this and are shifting their attention to targeting W-2s as a source of people’s personal information. The mechanisms are widespread, but most center on pretending they are someone else and asking you for your W-2. The Service Support Center recently sent an email with tips on protecting your W-2, the articles below provided additional information from US-CERT and the IRS.
US-CERT article https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-014
IRS article: https://www.irs.gov/privacy-disclosure/report-phishing
Be vigilant and review the quick tips below to protect your personal information. When in doubt, it’s always best to contact Information Services to verify the validity of suspicious requests or attachments in your inbox.
Remember . . . APS will never ask you to validate or provide any personal information electronically.
Best practices to prevent cyber attacks:
- Arlington Public Schools will never ask you to verify your username and password via email
- NEVER provide any personal information electronically if you do not know the requester
- Always delete suspicious emails
- Check to validate the information is correct, look for grammar and spelling errors
- Never open attachments from an unknown sender: check email address not name
- Do not change bank direct deposits via email
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