IRS: Phishing and Malware Scams Increased 400%

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December 7, 2016

An increase in phishing scams during 2016 was announced at IRS Security Summit this week

The IRS, state tax agencies, and other members of the tax industry revealed that there was a 400% increase in phishing, malware, and email scams during 2016. The growth in this type of fraud is expected to continue into 2017.

Taxpayers are urged to take extra care before answering any emails with attachments or appearing to come from the government, friends, and “lookalike” URLs.

For a complete summary of the summit, please visit IRS.gov here.

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