You Need To Read This If You Are A Tax Preparer

August 8, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to be alert to a new phishing email scam impersonating tax software providers and attempting to steal usernames and passwords.

This sophisticated scam yet again displays cybercriminals’ tax savvy and underscores the need for tax professionals to take strong security measures to protect their clients and protect their business. This is the time of year when many software providers issue software upgrades and when tax professionals are working to meet the Oct. 15 deadline for extension filers… READ MORE


SOURCE: Internal Revenue Service – Security Summit Alert: Tax Pros Warned of New Scam to Steal Their Passwords


BEWARE – IRS Stimulus Package Phlishing Scam

February 8, 2009

I grabbed this clip from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) that I feel is of great importance.  Do Not; and I repeat Do Not respond to or click on any links in email that is requesting personal information, no matter the source.

In this case, the phlishing scam involves fraudulent U.S. Internal Revenue Service Emails.  The IRS or any reputable entity, for that matter, is never going to request your personal information via email or via an internet browser link.

US-CERT clipped from www.us-cert.gov

IRS Stimulus Package Phishing Scam


added February 6, 2009 at 10:03 am | updated February 6, 2009 at 02:43 pm


US-CERT is aware of public reports indicating that phishing scams are circulating via fraudulent U.S. Internal Revenue Service emails offering users stimulus package payments. These emails include text that attempts to convince users to follow a link to a website or to complete an attached document. The website and document request the user to provide personal information.

Users receiving the fraudulent email messages are encouraged to send the email message and the website URL to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

US-CERT encourages users to do the following to help mitigate the risks:


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Tis’ the Season to be “Email Scammed”…

December 11, 2008

Writing a blog is addictive and the addiction is enhanced when you have a friend that actually reads what you write and turns around and says;  “Hey, I have something you can blog about!”  It really makes it all worthwhile and is my way to give back what I know or have researched.

Susan, a friend of mine, contacted me and provided a copy of a scam email that she received where the writer of the email “needs urgent help”.  I was really impressed that Susan knew immediately it was a scam and a false plea for money.  I applaud her for her attentiveness and  her willingness to publicly share this story to alert other people.

Please click on the screenshot below to see this email…

Email Scam - Click for Screenshot

Here around the holiday’s, where helping others are commonplace, these emails, as well as other vermin (malware, viruses, spyware), have a tendency to surface from the underbelly of the internet.  The intent is to “steal your money” through deception… If you read this email, you will see that “Fred” needs urgent help because he had his little bag of belongings (money, cell phone, passport, etc…) stolen and he is in a really bad way.  He wants you to send him $2900 (to Malaysia) to fill his little bag back up so that he can come home.  Now if he broadcasted this email to thousands of people and just 1 percent of those people sent him $2900, he would have to get a bigger bag…

Trying to make some humor of this; BUT seriously never respond to any email that is from someone you do not know; do not respond to any email that you did not solicit; and, especially do not respond to any email where a financial transaction, account number, password, etc. is being requested (even if it is your bank, credit card, etc…). 

During the research of this particular email, I came across a site called “Scamdex” that I found to be helpful in educating us about “scams” and just how epidemic they are.  Scamdex is all about ‘Get Rich Quick’ Scams, Spoof Websites, Bogus Lottery Winnings, Spoof Phishing Emails from Banks, Scam Emails from African Dictators (and their wives) and all other Identity Theft and Internet Fraud.

Scamdex

Scamdex’s enormous archive of scam emails is sorted into (5)-five classifications:

  • Advanced Fee Fraud
  • Lottery Scams
  • Phlishing
  • Auction Scams
  • Employment Scams

If you need assistance on reporting or filing a complaint for a scam, Scamdex has a whole web page devoted to anti-scam resources [click here].

 

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