Tax Season Spawns Internet Spam Scams

Tuesday Apr 13th 2010 by Staff

Security experts report a jump in tax-related identity theft scams. As the April 15 tax filing deadline approaches, the number of tax-related Internet scams has jumped up. "Predictable events like tax season or Valentine's Day give criminals more time to prepare a proper campaign to lure users into their traps," says Catalin Cosoi, researcher at anti-virus firm BitDefender.

Common scams include phishing messages that lead users to fake IRS sites, malware-infected Web pages promoting overnight tax preparation and instant refunds, and even Twitter postings that attempt to lure users into divulging personal information. After the deadline has passed, users should beware of phishing e-mails that say something is wrong with the recipient's tax return.

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