Scammers are attempting to impersonate the Internal Revenue Service and their emails are becoming even more convincing. While the scam has been around for years but the attempts have become more credible recently. A new fake IRS email scam targeted users of Microsoft Office’s 365 and is estimated to have reached over 70,000 inboxes. Keep reading to make sure you don’t fall victim to these dangerous and costly scams.
The email appears to originate from the “irs.gov” domain, “a credible impersonation of the IRS,” Abnormal Security says.
“Both the spoofed ‘irs.gov’ sender domain and the specific IDs assigned to the recipient give the email a false sense of legitimacy. Additionally, the email creates a sense of authority through its tone and professional language,” Abnormal said.
“The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers via email about a tax bill, refund or Economic Impact Payments,” according to an advisory from the IRS.
“Don’t click on links claiming to be from the IRS. Be wary of emails and websites − they may be nothing more than scams to steal personal information,” the IRS said.
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