IRS Phishing Scams
Have you ever received an email telling you to “update your
IRS e-file immediately”?
If so, you have been the target of a phishing scam. Phishing
is the process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as
usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy
entity in an email or other electronic communication.
As with the example used in the article’s opening, in the
email below the attacker is trying to gain access to an individual’s IRS
account information. With this information the attacker has the ability to
steal the user’s identity and more.
The IRS will never initiate communication with you in an email or any
type of electronic communication. For a list of the current phishing scams used
to imitate the IRS, visit the IRS article on “Phishingand Other Schemes Using the IRS Name”.
If you suspect that you might be a victim of identity theft
follow the steps listed in the IRS Taxpayer Guideto Identity Theft.
Training & Documentation
How-to news article describing email phishing and how to effectively report it to ITS.