Taxing our awareness

As our favorite time of the year – tax season – approaches, everyone is looking to pay as little as possible. But if you aren’t careful, you’ll end up paying much, much more than you thought.

Cybercriminals see tax season as a time of opportunity. After all, there’s a whole nation of people who want to hear about returns and loopholes. Many cybercriminals send mass phishing emails containing fake information about tax returns or filing, then wait for people to bite. We’ve seen some of these scams before.

The IRS and CERT issue reminders about these scams. Be wary of links to outside websites, especially ones claiming to be filing services or informative sites, and remember that you should never disclose your personal information over email.

Alex Lindstrom