A phishing scam is being reported as targeting tax professionals to obtain the personal information of their clients.

Who Is It Targeting: Tax Professionals

What It Is: The Internal Revenue Service is warning tax professionals of a phishing scam that is currently on the rise. Emails that are seemingly being sent from tax preparation software to tax professionals claiming that they need to update their software.  However, the email is a phishing attempt and clicking on the link or downloading the file installs malware on the tax professionals’ computers. This can lead to the stealing of the tax professionals’ clients’ personal information.

What Are They After: Personal Information

How Can You Avoid It:  If you receive an email that you are not expecting to have a link or attached file, never clink on that link or download the file. If you believe that your tax software may need an update you should receive that update through the software itself when the program is open and running.  If you have any doubts or concerns about an update or a link, call your tax software company on a number which you have found by googling their website or the software packaging. If you believe that you may have downloaded something related to a phishing scam, call and speak to a Victim Advisor at the Identity Theft Resource Center for free help at 888.400.5530.

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