- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) - Internal Revenue Service officials are warning businesses about an email “phishing” scheme that targets payroll and human resources departments.

The special agent in charge of IRS criminal investigations in New Jersey says some companies already have been victimized. They’ve inadvertently sent emails containing employees’ Social Security numbers and other information in response to emails purportedly from company executives.

The emails will contain the actual name of a company’s CEO and will ask a company payroll office employee to send a list of employees and information including Social Security numbers.

The IRS says there has been an uptick in various types of email scams this tax season.

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