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Urgent Warning About Ransomware Email Scam Issued By IRS

30Aug2017

Urgent Warning About Ransomware Email Scam Issued By IRS

Our law office often receives calls from panicked clients that they received a threatening phone call from the IRS to collect tax debt.  Many times these calls turn out to be Spyware – bogus attempts to trick taxpayers into giving them personal financial information used for identity theft.

IRS just issued an urgent alert about scammers trying a new tactic – downloading ransomeware that prevents users from accessing data stored on their device unless they pay money to the scammers.  The scam email uses the emblems of both the IRS and the FBI. The email may look like this:

The IRS does not use email to demand payment.  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen warns “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.” Instead, immediately report any ransomware attempt or attack to the FBI at the Internet Crime Complaint Center, www.IC3.gov and forward any IRS-themed scams to phishing@irs.gov.
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  • 30 Aug, 2017
  • Karina Torres
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