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The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners are warning of a new IRS impersonation campaign. Emailers posing as IRS representatives have been sending messages with phrases such as "Automatic Income Tax Reminder" or "Electronic Tax Return Reminder."

The emails have links to websites. These pretend to be about the taxpayer's refund, electronic return or tax account and offer a "temporary password" or "one-time password" to "access" the files to submit the refund.  Instead, it contains a malicious file

The perpetrators are utilizing dozens of compromised websites and web addresses that pose as The contained files infect computers and those controlling the malware may gain control of  a taxpayer's computer or download software that tracks every keystroke, eventually giving them passwords to sensitive accounts.

Those suspecting they have been approached by scammers can report messages to the IRS aThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Last modified on Tuesday, 27 August 2019
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