Tax professionals face spearphishing attacks
Identity thieves are targeting tax professionals with “spearphishing” emails impersonating those from the IRS or tax preparation software vendors, the Service said in a statement. Press release Wednesday.
A recent such scheme features the IRS logo, with a subject line such as “Action Required: Your Account Has Now Been Suspended”, or a bogus “Unusual Activity Report”, with a link purportingly offering to remedy suspension or some other problem. . Another link to a page displaying the logos of several popular tax preparation software vendors. Clicking on any of them will prompt for the tax preparer account credentials.
In all of these cases, the sender’s goal is to obtain taxpayer data and identity to allow thieves to file fraudulent refund claims, the IRS said. Tax practitioners who seize account or other sensitive information in response to a fake tax software vendor notice should contact the vendor’s support hotline, the IRS has suggested.
They can also save the email and send it as an attachment to [email protected] and report it to Inspector General of the Treasury for Tax Administration.
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