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US Tax Season Fuels Surge in Email Scams

05
Apr
2016
US Tax Season Fuels Surge in Email Scams

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As the US tax season draws to a close, authorities are warning of an alarming rise in “phishing” scams designed to steal sensitive personal and financial information.

The Internal Revenue Service said earlier this year it has noticed “an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents so far in the 2016 tax season,” and warned of new fraud schemes that aim to get businesses as well as taxpayers to turn over personal information.

Phishing refers to fraudulent emails disguised to appear to come from associates or officials, and ask for information such as passwords or personal information that can be used for identity theft or other fraud schemes.

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