Tax Pros urged to step up security as new scam emerges
The IRS has identified a new scam that began with cybercriminals stealing data from several tax practitioners’ computers and filing fraudulent tax returns.
In a new twist, the fraudulent returns in a few cases used the taxpayers' real bank accounts for the deposit. A woman posing as a debt collection agency official then contacted the taxpayers to say a refund was deposited in error and asked the taxpayers to forward the money to her.
With the emergence of this new scam, we urge tax professionals to step up security and beware of phishing emails that can secretly download malicious software that can help cybercriminals steal client data.
For more information, see the IRS News Release.