Cyber criminals are always looking for new ways to target and exploit unsuspecting victims. Some criminals use phishers which are fraudulent web sites or emails that trick unsuspecting victims into providing sensitive financial information. (More on phishers here.) Each year during tax season, be on the lookout for unusual emails that appear to be from the IRS.
Each year during tax season, be on the lookout for unusual emails that appear to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS does not request sensitive personal information via email. If you do receive an email claiming to be from the IRS:
- Do not reply, open attachments or click on links
- Report the e-mail or bogus Web site to the IRS
For more information, visit the IRS phishing and identity theft site: