02/22/2012

In the past, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has received reports of an increased number of phishing scams and malware campaigns that take advantage of the US tax season. Due to the upcoming tax deadline, US-CERT reminds users to remain cautious when receiving uncolicited email that could be part of a potential phishing scam or malware campaign.

These phishing scams and malware campaigns may include, but are not limieted to, the following: Information that refers to a tax refund

  • Warnings about unreported or under-reported income
  • Offers to assist in filing for a refund
  • Details about fake e-file websites

These messages, which appear to be from the IRS, may ask users to submit personal information via email or may instruct the user to follow a link to a website that requests personal information or contains malicious code.

Source: United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) http://www.us-cert.gov/current/