UW Information Technology

January 15, 2020

Beware of phishing emails asking for W-2 information

A message to the UW community provides information to help students, faculty and staff protect their UW NetID and password from phishing attacks, which increase during tax season.

Cybercriminals try to steal an employee’s login credentials so that they can download Wage and Tax Statements (Form W-2). They then use the W-2 information to electronically file a fraudulent federal income tax return in the employee’s name. By changing the bank account number, the cybercriminals receive the refund.

Fortunately, your vigilance and the UW’s two-factor authentication system (Duo) play a pivotal role in protecting employee data. Read how to protect yourself.