image

[ALERT] The IRS Issued An Urgent Warning Against An IRS / FBI-Themed Ransomware Phishing Attack

August 29, 2017 | SHARE >

Heads-up! The IRS is warning against a new phishing scam that tries to make you download an FBI questionnaire. But if you click the link, your computer will be infected with ransomware instead. The scam email uses the emblems of both the IRS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Remember that the IRS does not use email, text messages or social media to discuss personal tax issues, such as those involving bills or refunds. THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK!

The IRS said: “The scam email uses the emblems of both the IRS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It tries to entice users to select a “here” link to download a fake FBI questionnaire. Instead, the link downloads a certain type of malware called ransomware that prevents users from accessing data stored on their device unless they pay money to the scammers.”


“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.”

Here is the official IRS Newsroom post:
https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-issues-urgent-warning-to-beware-irs-fbi-themed-ransomware-scam

Recent Blog Posts

  • blog-img

    [ALERT] The IRS Issued An Urgent Warning Against An IRS / FBI-Themed Ransomware Phishing Attack

    Heads-up! The IRS is warning against a new phishing scam that tries to make you download...
    READ MORE >
  • blog-img

    Scam Of The Week: Hurricane Harvey Charity Fraud

    Heads-up! Bad guys are exploiting the Hurricane Harvey disaster. There are fake Facebook...
    READ MORE >
  • blog-img

    Scam of the Week: Phishing Moves to Smishing

    Bad guys are increasingly targeting you through your smartphone. They send texts that...
    READ MORE >