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January 25, 2018

Beware of phishing emails asking for your UW NetID and password to gain access to W-2 information

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Cyber criminals try to steal an employee’s login credentials so that they can download Wage and Tax Statements (Form W-2). They then can 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 cyber criminals receive the refund. Fortunately, your vigilance and the UW’s two-factor authentication system can play a pivotal role in protecting employee data. Learn more about phishing on the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer website.