Tax Season, BBB Warns That Thieves Are After W-2 Details

OLYMPIA, Wash. – With tax season in progress, the Washington Better Business Bureau says identity thieves know that W-2s are now in mailboxes, vehicles and other unsecured locations.

Some tax forms contain personal identifiers such as Social Security numbers and birthdates-which thieves can use to steal identities. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington reminds employees to securely transport and store sensitive paperwork:

Lock important items in file cabinets or safes.

Don’t leave paperwork unattended in vehicles or offices.

Pick up mail quickly if secured mailboxes or P.O. boxes are not an option.

BBB offers more identity theft prevention tips at


News Director of Jodesha Broadcasting since October 2007. Dave Haviland moved to Grays Harbor in 1979 and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1993.