Data Privacy Tip of the Week: Tax Season Scams and Malware Campaigns

During tax season there is often a spike in phishing and malware scams. The IRS as well as the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) warns consumers to be especially vigilant as it relates to protecting personal identity information and data privacy.

  • Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from individuals asking about employees or other internal information. If an unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company.
  • Do not follow links in unsolicited email messages. 
  • Keep antivirus software up to date.

Check out this short video tip from the IRS IRS Scam Video 

For additional information refer to US-CERT's Security Tips on Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for additional techniques and recommendations.

Questions about information privacy, or any of the resources featured in this email please contact

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