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U.S. Tax Season Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

Original release date: February 08, 2012 | Last revised: October 23, 2012

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

These phishing scams and malware campaigns may include, but are not limited 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, and
  • details about fake e-file websites.
These messages, which may 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.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to take the following measures to protect themselves from these types of phishing scams and malware campaigns:

This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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