Yesterday, the IRS issued a very specific and urgent warning about an email scam that uses the emblems of both the IRS and the FBI in the message. This is just another iteration of social engineering trying to get the recipient to click on links within the message that will potentially compromise the users computer.
If you regularly read my blog, you know not to click links without inspecting them first and ideally, typing the URL into your web browser.
“This is a new twist on an old scheme,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “People should stay vigilant against email scams that try to impersonate the IRS and other agencies that try to lure you into clicking a link or opening an attachment. People with a tax issue won’t get their first contact from the IRS with a threatening email or phone call.”
The IRS does not use email, text messaging or social media to contact taxpayers about their tax obligations. If you ever have a question, the IRS maintains a great page on IRS.gov called “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts.”
Here’s a copy of one of these email scams, so you have an idea what to be on the watch for: