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  • The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry urge all employers to educate their payroll personnel about a Form W-2 phishing scam that made victims of hundreds of organizations and thousands of employees last year.
    • Fraudsters pose as authority figures and request copies of Forms W-2 for employees.
    • Learn more about the scam and what to do if you are a victim in the IRS news release.
  • New from the SCDOR: Identity Verification Quiz and Individual Code Verification. The SCDOR has implemented new security measures to ensure that fraudsters are not using your information to file a false return and steal your refund. You may receive a letter from the SCDOR asking you to visit MyDORWAY to complete one of these verifications after filing your return. This is just another step we are taking to keep your information private.


1,411 scams

were reported in South Carolina in 2017.1 


of hacking related breaches leveraged stolen and/or weak passwords.2 


of malware was installed via malicious email attachments.2 

1 in 5

American households have received notification that their information has been lost in a breach.5 

$5.2 billion

estimated annual cost of tax identity theft to taxpayers.7 

12,334 victims

of government impersonation scams in 2016.3 

3,500 victims

of online crimes in South Carolina in 2016.3 


Tax identity theft was the single biggest type of identity theft complaint to the FTC in 2014.7 

60+ year-olds

are the most vulnerable to internet crimes, with 55,043 complaints in 2016.3 


of Americans are extremely concerned about loss of personal or financial information.6 

1,664,043 complaints

related to debt collection, imposter scams, and identity theft in 2016.4 


of American households have failed to secure their wireless routers.5 

16,878 complaints

of identity theft reported in 2016.3 


1. South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs 2017 Scam Report 
2. Verizon Wireless 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report  
3. Internet Crime Complaint Center 2016 Internet Crime Report
4. Federal Trade Commission 2016 Performance Snapshot
5. National Cyber Security Alliance Behind Our Digital Doors: Cybersecurity & The Connected Home
6. Stop. Think. Connect. Research Findings
7. Tax ID Theft