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:
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: