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Don't fall victim to fake IRS email "Phishing" attacks

Don't fall victim to a "Phishing"attack by responding to an email claiming to be from the IRS. The IRS simply does not initiate taxpayer communications through email. Phishing is often a criminal scam typically carried out by unsolicited email and/or websites that pose as legitimate sites and lure unsuspecting victims to provide personal and financial information. If you receive an email claiming to be from the IRS that contains a request for personal information:

  1. Do not reply.
  2. Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
  3. Do not click on any links.
    If you clicked on links in a suspicious email or phishing website and entered confidential information, visit the IRS identity protection page.

http://www.irs.gov/privacy/article/0,,id=179820,00.html

We recommend that in addition, you download, install and run the free MalwareBytes Anti-Malware program regularly. On our website to go Resources, Internet Links, Software for a link.

Forbes magazine has a recent article highlighting this annoying problem, with some screenshots of what some of these fake IRS emails can look like. Click on the link below for more details:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2011/08/11/dont-be-fooled-by-irs-phishing-scams/





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