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NEW I-9 AND W-2 SCAMS

Beware:

Scammers are getting more sophisticated and posing as Federal officials to steal confidential information.

I-9 Scam

Employers are receiving emails from a sender claiming to be US Citizenship and Immigration Services and requesting information from the I-9 form.  Normally, employers do not share or send this information in to the USCIS.  However, the emails look very authentic even using correct emails with .gov and labels from both the USCIS and the Office of Inspector General.  It will have your company address and other information.

DO NOT CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS!!  The USCIS has stated that their agency is not sending out any inquiries for information in this manner.  Instead, forward these emails to the Federal Trade Commission at uscis.webmaster@uscis.dhs.com

W-2 Fraud

Be on the look-out for any emails from executives asking for a list of employees and their w-2 documentation.  Do not click on anything.  These are most likely scams.  Confirm any request directly by phone if possible before ever sending information about employees over the internet.

As with all things concerning the internet, limit access to classified and confidential files and verify before replying or clicking on anything.

 

 

CURRENT I-9 WILL BE REPLACED SOON

Employers: Current Form I-9 valid until Jan. 21, 2017

On Aug. 25, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. USCIS must publish a revised form by Nov. 22, 2016. Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N until Jan. 21, 2017. After Jan. 21, 2017, all previous versions of Form I-9 will be invalid.

HR Mobile Services, Inc. has been working on this topic since last year when we knew we were coming close to the expiration date for the I-9 form.  Apparently, even though that date has been on the form for years, the US government is still allowed to be 8 months late to do their job……But you don’t.

Anyway, please be assured that if you are a HR Mobile, Inc. client, we will be replacing the I-9 form as quickly as possible in all of our new-hire packets as soon as it is available.  This will not happen immediately in all cases, but will definitely be completed before the January 21, 2017 deadline.  We will also be including any late changes to the laws based on the election or other late changes that are part of the year-end processes across the country.  For some states that could be a change to minimum wages, sick pay or drug policies among other things.  As always, if you have a question, please call our office.  We may be calling you as well in certain circumstances to ask or clarify how you want to deal with a new law.

Good Luck to everyone as we enter an interesting 2017.