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Scam Alert (3/1/2017): W-2 email phishing scam targeting payroll and human resource professionals
The Minnesota Department of Revenue is warning all employers of a dangerous W-2 email phishing scam targeting human resources and payroll departments. The scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors, including school districts, tribal organizations, and nonprofits. See our W-2 Scam page for more information.
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At the Minnesota Department of Revenue, we take the responsibility of protecting your personal information and your tax refund very seriously. We take the time necessary to verify the information on every return to make sure the right refund goes to the right person.
For more information, go to our Identity Theft and Tax Refund Fraud page.
Suspicious phone calls
If you are concerned about a potentially fraudulent contact by an individual or an organization representing themselves as being from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, please contact: 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094. An authorized Minnesota Department of Revenue staff member will be able to determine if the contact you received was legitimate.
Use caution and NEVER provide personal information unless you are absolutely sure the situation is legitimate. The Minnesota Department of Revenue will never ask you to provide, update or verify personal information through unsolicited emails. Do NOT respond to such emails and contact us with questions or concerns.
Suspicious emails – “Phishing”
Phishing (as in “fishing for information” and “hooking” victims) is a scam involving the distribution of e-mail messages to trick taxpayers into revealing personal and financial information which can be used to steal the taxpayer’s identity.
For recent consumer warnings issued by the IRS regarding suspicious emails and identity theft:
How to report phishing, email scams and bogus IRS websites: