IRS Issues Ransomware Warning After Malicious Tax Email is Distributed

IRS Releases a Ransomware Warning to All Taxpayers

The IRS has issued a new ransomware warning to all taxpayers.  Cyber criminals have begun sending out malicious email campaigns with a “message” from the IRS and FBI.  According to the email, tax payers must download a questionnaire regarding changes to the laws regarding tax compliance.  However, it is no questionnaire at all.  Instead, the user downloads ransomware.  Below you will see an example of the malicious correspondence:

IRS Commissioner,  John Koskinen, made the following statement to Forbes,

“People should stay vigilant against email scams that try to impersonate the IRS and other agencies that try to lure you into clicking a link or opening an attachment.  People with a tax issue won’t get their first contact from the IRS with a threatening email or phone call.”

If you have already clicked to download the “questionnaire”, do not pay the ransom demand.  Paying the ransom is never a guarantee you will get your data back, and it only reinforces the criminal behavior.  Instead, immediately report any ransomware attempt or attack to the FBI at the Internet Crime Complaint Center, You should also forward any IRS-themed scams to [email protected]

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4 thoughts on “IRS Issues Ransomware Warning After Malicious Tax Email is Distributed”

  1. Just remember, the Federal Government will not email you for any tax reason. they will send a registered letter. an email should be a warning of a scam.

    1. @Howard: @Howard:
      and, a thorough reading of the text illustrates fraudulent intent. The grammar and sentence structure is so bad one would think a 10th grader that doesn’t pay attention in English class wrote it. Say what you will about quality of education, but a Gov’t document would never be written as poorly. Even suggesting a person with English as a second language.

  2. Your headline and sub-heads suggest that this is somehow new. It’s the same ol’ stuff we’ve been warned about for years. Is there something different that you failed to point out in the article?

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