The IRS reminds people to be on the lookout for new, sophisticated email phishing scams. These scams not only endanger someone’s personal information, but they can also affect a taxpayer’s refund in 2018.
This tip is part of National Tax Security Awareness Week. The IRS is partnering with state tax agencies, the tax industry and groups across the country to remind people about the importance of data protection.
Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to get personal information from the user. In many cases, the criminal fools someone into believing the phishing email is from someone they trust. The emails often have the look and feel of authentic communications. These targeted messages can trick even the most cautious person into doing something that may compromise data.
People should be vigilant and skeptical. Even if the email is from a known source, people should use caution because cybercrooks are very good at mimicking trusted businesses, friends and family.
Here are six examples of email phishing scams:
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