Taxpayers vulnerable to new phishing scams

March 15, 2018

Tax season means phishing scammers are out in force, trying to steal consumers’ identities and cheat them out of their tax refunds.

DomainTools, a threat intelligence firm, has released a survey which suggests that an increasing number of consumers are vulnerable to these threats because they take them too lightly.

The survey found that barely half of consumers pay adequate attention to emails from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and various tax services to determine their authenticity.

About 20 percent of the consumers in the survey said they’ve clicked on a bad link in an email because they thought it came from the IRS. One of a phishing scammer’s oldest tricks is to send out emails that claim to be from the tax agency.

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