IRS Warns of Ransomware During Tax Season
– a press release
“People should stay vigilant against email scams that try to impersonate the IRS and other agencies that try to lure you into clicking a link or opening an attachment.”
For Immediate Release – February 13, 2018
Muncie, Ind. – With tax season underway, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warns of a new phishing scheme that seeks to take advantage of US citizens. Posing as an official IRS communication, emails are reportedly surfacing that request users download a complete a questionnaire. In reality, this download contains ransomware which holds one’s computer hostage until paying a fee.
The reported email, shown below, contains logos of both the IRS and FBI in an attempt to look as official and menacing as possible.
Former IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, advises people to think critically and remain skeptical of unsolicited email communications with the IRS.
Koskinen notes that, “People should stay vigilant against email scams that try to impersonate the IRS and other agencies that try to lure you into clicking a link or opening an attachment.”
Continuing, Koskinen makes one point clear: “People with a tax issue won’t get their first contact from the IRS with a threatening email or phone call.”
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