Cybersecurity Alert: Protect Your W-2 Statement

Posted on Feb. 26, 2016

Recently, fraudulent emails purporting to be from President Janet Napolitano were sent to several University of California campuses. These emails asked employees to send a copy of their 2015 Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement to an email address.

These emails are an example of “phishing” and should be disregarded and deleted. Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and financial information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. The University of California will never ask you to send sensitive tax documents by email.

From: Janet Napolitano {inserted email address removed}

Date: Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Subject: 2015 W-2 statement


I need all our employee's reference copies of 2015 W-2 wages and tax statement, i am working on a review and if you can work on the W2's and have it sent to me as an attachment this morning that will be splendid. Via email would be appropriate.


Janet Napolitano.

If you receive an email like this or any other request to transmit sensitive tax information via email, immediately disregard and delete the message.

For more about cybersecurity and how you can protect yourself from cyberattacks, please visit If you have questions, please contact the Office of Information Technology help desk at 949-824-2222 or

For information about your taxes, visit the Tax Compliance and Reporting website at The site includes general information about your W-2 form, including how to request duplicates.

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