As Tax Deadline Looms, Phishing Attacks Still Circulating, IRS Warns

By Marcos Colon

Although the 2017 filing season is winding down, with April 18 marking the deadline to send in tax returns, cyber criminals are not letting up when it comes to tax scams.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning of last-minute phishing email scams that request victims to make deposit changes for refunds or account updates.

“The IRS urges tax preparers to verbally reconfirm information with the client should they receive last-minute email requests to change an address or direct deposit account for refunds,” the IRS wrote.

The latest round of phishing emails are aimed at both tax professionals and taxpayers. Given the time of year, many of these purport to be from tax software providers, and ask for users to give up sensitive data such as Social Security numbers, passwords, and even bank account or credit card numbers, the IRS said.

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