The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warned of a new email scam that is targeting individuals and businesses. The scam uses spoofed, or imitated emails containing subject lines, “Automatic Income Tax Reminder” or “Electronic Tax Return Reminder” that appear as if they are coming from the IRS.

In the emails, the victim recipient is advised that they need to access their most recent tax return by using the provided password, contained in the email. When the victim recipient enters the password, the victim’s computer downloads malware that allows the criminals to take remote control of the victim’s computer and/or obtain information typed into the computer.

What should you do?

Be on alert if you receive an email asking for your information. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text message, or social media channels. Additionally, the IRS does not call to demand payment.

If you receive a questionable email that appears to be from the IRS, please delete it and report it to phishing@irs.gov

For further reading, please check out the following two articles from:

  1. US-CERT: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/08/23/irs-warns-new-email-scam
  2. IRS Official Press Release: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/security-summit-warns-of-new-irs-impersonation-email-scam-reminds-taxpayers-the-irs-does-not-send-unsolicited-emailsHave another thought, tip or suggestion? Leave it in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!

 

Posted by Elvis Huff

Elvis Huff worked as an officer and network administrator for 12 years with the Lebanon Police Department and has also served as an adjunct professor in information systems at Cumberland University. Read More »

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