The IRS warns against an IRS/FBI-themed phishing attack.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released a statement, warning members of the public against a new, ransomware phishing attack. This cyber-attack takes control of computer data, putting many individuals and companies at risk.
The IRS explains, “The scam email uses the emblems of both the IRS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It tries to entice users to select a “here” link to download a fake FBI questionnaire. Instead, the link downloads a certain type of malware called ransomware that prevents users from accessing data stored on their device unless they pay money to the scammers.”
It is important to remain vigilant against these email scams and always think before opening and clicking on unexpected emails. The IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, confirms that “people with a tax issue won’t get their first contact from the IRS with a threatening email or phone call.”
It is suggested that individuals alert their friends and family and businesses send employees an email about this ransomware attack.
If you or a friend have fallen victim to this email, the IRS urges victims to not pay the ransom as this encourages the criminals. Victims should immediately report any ransomware attempt or attack to the FBI at the Internet Complaint Center (IC3) and forward any IRS-themed scams to [email protected].
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