Watch Out for Tax Season Phishing Scams

Online Phishing ScamsI found an interesting post on the McAfee Labs Blog on tax time phishing scams worth sharing.

Every year during tax season, online criminals create fake irs.gov domains in an attempt to trick taxpayers into revealing their personal and financial information. Victims might visit these phishing and malicious websites via any number of effective redirection methods, such as phishing attacks, forum postings, and black-hat search-engine optimizations.

If you get an email from the “IRS”, it’s probably a scam. The IRS Consumer Alert page says, “The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.” Here is an example of a fraudulent IRS email. To prevent your personal information from being compromised, avoid replying or clicking on any links in the email, and delete these messages.

For the full article visit the McAfee Labs Blog.

Well I hope you found my tax season series to be helpful. Let me know if you have topic suggestions for next year’s tax time series.

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