- Associated Press - Sunday, February 19, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi’s attorney general warns that scammers are out to collect data to file fraudulent tax returns.

The Internal Revenue Service says scammers pretend to be company CEOs and email human resource staff to ask for employees’ W-2 forms. Next, they follow up with an urgent request to transfer a large sum of money to a bank account.

Jim Hood, the state attorney general, tells people to follow up any email requests asking for W-2 information by phone.

“We have received calls and reports to our office this week from entities whose employees have fallen for this type of scam,” Hood says. “All types of organizations are possible targets, including schools, health care organizations, nonprofits, and private businesses.”

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