There’s a new ransomware scam that targets its victim by pretending to be an email from the IRS or the FBI.
The scam uses official looking emblems of both agencies as part of a phishing scam designed to lure users into clicking on a link that’s supposed to lead to an official questionnaire. Instead, it takes users to a site that will dump ransomware onto your PC.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen called it a “new twist on an old scheme” and cautioned users to remain vigilant against email scams.
He said that citizens will never have a first contact with the IRS or FBI in the form of an email.
He cautioned those who fall for the scam not to pay the ransom, but to instead immediately report any attempt or attack to the FBI at the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov and to forward any IRS-themed scams to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IRS does not use email, text messages or social media to discuss personal tax issues such as bill or refunds.