IRS Warns of Tax-Time Phishing Scams

February 21, 2012
FedCyber Wire, Incidents
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In a bulletin sent to the Falmouth Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center warns of an increase in email phishing scams in the weeks leading up to the April 15 deadline for filing tax returns.

According to the bulletin, each year scammers take advantage of taxpayers’ focus on returns and refunds to send emails purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service or private tax preparers, using the phony messages to illicit personal information or introduce dangerous software onto people’s computers.

“During the tax filing time of year,” the document says, “DHS, IRS, and law enforcement agencies see increased phishing activity…The objective of these attacks is to lure people to click on links or an attachment within the body of an email, leading [them] to execute malicious computer code.”

via Falmouth Patch, continued here.