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Phishing scheme targets tax professionals

Phishing scheme targets tax professionals

A new phishing scheme claiming to provide software updates is targeting tax professionals.

Fraudulent emails are being sent to tax preparers with “bogus links” asking recipients upgrade their software, according to the IRS. The link redirects to a website where users are prompted to download an update that uses the name of their software with an .exe extension, according to the IRS.

Tax professionals may believe they have downloaded a software update, but they have installed a program that will track their key strokes, which can be used to steal login information, passwords and other sensitive data.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen stressed the importance of remaining wary of cybercriminals.

“We have more than 700,000 tax preparers in this country, with many of those taking good security precautions,” Koskinen said in a recent statement. “But cybercriminals are continuing to evolve, using new technology, ruses and scams. The tax community handles large volumes of sensitive personal and financial information. We need every tax professional to stay on top of their security to protect taxpayers as well as their businesses.”

Posted by Matt Leonard on Aug 16, 2016 at 7:22 AM


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