WASHINGTON (KXAN) — The Internal Revenue Service is warning the public Monday of a new email scam that impersonates the IRS and uses tax receipts as bait, fooling users to open documents containing malware.
The malware is known as “Emotet.” It generally poses as banks or financial institutions to get people to open infected documents.
This scam can be extremely troublesome for businesses, as the malware can spread through a network infecting multiple computers. If this happens, it could potentially take months to fully remove.
According to a press release from the IRS, in recent weeks this common scam has begun masquerading as the IRS itself, pretending to be from “IRS Online.”
The press release advises people to be on the lookout for attachments labeled something along the lines of “Tax Account Transcript,” and emails with a subject line similar to “tax transcript.”
In the wake of this new scam, the IRS wants to remind as many people as possible that it does not send out unsolicited emails to the public, nor would they send sensitive tax documents as an email attachment.