Scam of the Week – Insidious New IRS Social Engineering Attack

By at 10 October, 2016, 10:00 am

There is an insidious new IRS scam doing the rounds. They send you a phony IRS CP 2000 form and claim the income reported on your tax return does not match the income reported by your employer. This is meant to get you worried. To confuse you further, the bad guys claim this has something to do with the Affordable Care Act.

 

You might receive emails with attached phony forms, text messages and even live calls to your phone about this! You need to know that the IRS will never initiate contact with you to collect overdue taxes by an email, text message or phone call.

If you get any emails, text messages, old-time snail mail or even live calls about this, do not respond and/or hang up the phone. If you receive a "CP 2000" form in the mail and doubt this is legit, you can always call the IRS at 1-800-366-4484 to confirm it is a scam.

If you would like a free and easy way to add a way to report Phishing scams, check out the free Phish Alert Button for Outlook from Knowbe4.com (Knowbe4.com reports that a Gmail version will be coming soon). In full disclosure, I resell the KnowBe4.com security awareness training and have received nothing but positive feedback from the attorneys and staff that are using it.

 

 

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