In the past, DarkFiber Consulting has received reports of an increased number of phishing scams that take advantage of the United States tax season. Due to the upcoming tax deadline, DarkFiber Consulting would like to remind users to remain cautious when receiving unsolicited email that could be a potential phishing scam.
Phishing scams may appear as a tax refund, an offer to assist in filing for a refund, or contain details about fake e-file websites. These messages may appear to be from the IRS and directly ask users for personal information. These messages may also contain a link and instruct the user to follow the link to a website that requests personal information or contains malicious code.
DarkFiber Consulting encourages users to take the following measures to protect themselves from this type of phishing scam:
- Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages.
- Maintain up-to-date antivirus software.
- Refer to the IRS website related to phishing, email, and bogus website scams for scam samples and reporting information.
- Refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams (pdf) document for more information on avoiding email scams.
- Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks document for more information on social engineering attacks.