'Phishing' season opens, after tax season closes - Tucson News Now

'Phishing' season opens, after tax season closes

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tax season may be over, but it is prime time for scammers to go after people with email. 

It has been more than a week since the deadline to submit tax returns, but this is a new opportunity for scammers, counting on taxpayers anxiously waiting on the arrival of their tax refunds.

This is when phishing emails are most predominant; of course ‘phishing' is when an email arrives asking for personal information, but comes from a criminal.

Experts are reminding everyone that neither banks nor government will ever ask for passwords via email.  Even if the message and the logos look legitimate, the true intention may be criminal. 

The email may ask for bank account information, or to click a link that sends a virus to the computer, and this is not confined to just one or two recipients.   

Of all the email sent after January 1 that looks as if it is from the IRS, experts guess 95 percent of it is actually bogus. 

For those who think they are the recipient of a criminal email, delete it or forward it on to phishing at www.IRS.gov

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