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Tax season is upon us once again. Just like every other tax year, this also marks the beginning of the annual tax season scams that bad actors use to try and steal your information or steal your money. One of the more common scams they run is they attempt to impersonate the IRS and scare you into thinking that you need to pay some type of penalty or you will go to jail. Another scam that gets attention this time of year is scammers filing tax returns on your behalf and claiming your refund. While you need to be aware of both of these scams, I am going to share with you a phishing email that I received last month that is pretty legit, but there are some tell tale signs you can use to sniff out the scam and recognize that this is no good at all.
Since the email is pretty long, I had to break it into 2 separate screenshots. The good news is that I have outlined the points to look out for with an explanation why. Onto screenshot #1:
I am going to go through point by point why this email is concerning and if you spend a minute to review, you can clearly say this is bogus. I am going to jump around the email, starting with the subject line and working my way down:
In summary, there are some pretty significant tell-tale signs that this is a bogus email. However, if you were to scan this quickly and not pay close attention, you could have mistaken this for being a legit email and clicked on the link. The key is to take the extra 30 seconds to properly review these types of email, especially if they are using click-bait subject lines. That 30 seconds could make the difference between carrying on with business as usual or becoming a victim of a phishing attack. Compass IT Compliance conducts simulated phishing emails to help train your staff to recognize these threats.