Beware of Phishing and Malware Products Which Claim to Protect Your Data

Friday, December 18, 2015

Have you received correspondence to “update your account” or that “you just won a trip to Hawaii!” or maybe “the IRS has a tax refund for you.” What you need to know is that in cyber space, there are ways to bait or lure people in, also known as phishing schemes.  Phishing can come in the form of emails, phone calls or texts in order to get you excited and lure you into a trap. This scheme is meant to take your cash, your personal information, such as your passwords or Social Security Number.  The bad news is, once a con artist gets a hold of this information, then your identity is gone.

We are the Strategic Tax Lawyers, firm made up of IRS Tax Attorneys and other tax professionals, and we are here to warn you about phishing and Malware products which can do more harm than good if you don’t know the warning signs. Currently, the IRS is working with tax experts and state officials to educate the public about the dangers phishing and Malware can create for your personal and financial information. You probably have received many warnings to be cautious of phishing schemes. 

Phishing schemes are problematic since cyber thieves use the information they gather to con innocent people into handing over their cash or personal data. The IRS is very concerned about this since this can impact your finances and taxes.

Phishing schemes are a type of crime, and we are the ones who need to fight this battle. Cyber thieves will fraudulently impersonate a person or organization that is trusted or recognized all to get your money and personal information.  Phishing schemes may include hacking an email account to send mass emails under their name. Or there are cases that cyber thieves pretend to be a bank or credit card company to get you to fork over information.  These people are very crafty and make the correspondence you receive appear to be real and legitimate, yet in reality they are fake company websites or phone numbers. 

We want you to take note that no legitimate business will request personal information from you through email or other unsecured ways. Also, the IRS does not send unsolicited emails or threaten with lawsuits or jail time.

Phishing and scam emails can infect your computer with malware and chances are you won’t know. That’s how the criminal gains access to your computer allowing them to view all your information, files, keyboard strokes, etc.  To protect yourself you should avoid emails that look suspicious which may be a phishing scheme. Don’t click on the links, instead view their websites directly. If you receive an email that requests you update or verify your account, it could be a form of phishing. Avoid malware by not opening email attachments from senders you don’t know. Don’t download from websites you aren’t aware of.

We are the Strategic Tax Lawyers, a firm made up of IRS Tax Attorneys, Estate Tax Lawyers and IRS Bank Levy Attorneys. If you need an attorney for your estate legal handlings, contact the Strategic Tax Lawyers since we have experience with levies. Call the Strategic Tax Lawyers at (800) 669-4775 today for a free consultation.