Windows 10: Tax-themed phishing and malware attacks proliferate during tax season

  1. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,283
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
       20 Mar 2017 #1

    Tax-themed phishing and malware attacks proliferate during tax season

    Tax-themed scams and social engineering attacks are as certain as (death or) tax itself. Every year we see these attacks, and 2017 is no different.

    These attacks circulate year-round as cybercriminals take advantage of the different country and region tax schedules, but they peak in the months leading to U.S. Tax Day in mid-April.

    Cybercriminals are using a variety of social engineering tactics related to different scenarios associated with tax filing, in order to get you to click links or open malicious attachments.

    Here are some recent examples we’ve seen. The best defense is awareness: no matter what stage you are in your tax filing and wherever you are in the world, don’t fall for these social engineering attacks...

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  2. Comp Cmndo's Avatar
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    Windows 10-Pro 64bit
       20 Mar 2017 #1

    I like this one:
    Internal Revenue Service, Reality Tax Division

    In addition to the non-existence of such Division, the only "reality" about it, is that you will be scammed out of as much money as they can get.

    In addition, the IRS will never email you about anything. The law requires that they telephone you, the agent must identify himself with his Federal ID Number, etc., etc.

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