On March 17, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department announced the extension of the federal income tax filing due date from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021. This decision is designed “to help taxpayers navigate the unusual circumstances related to the pandemic,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig explained in a news release. But it also carries the unwanted consequence of giving scammers more time to use the urgency of a looming tax deadline in an attempt to target taxpayers.

PJ Norris, senior systems engineer at Tripwire, explained to Information Security Media Group why this turns out to be the case every year.

This is because phishing campaigns are much more successful when the message creates a sense of urgency in the recipient, who is more likely to download an attachment or click on a link without thinking twice.

Acknowledging this tradition of fraud, it’s important that taxpayers familiarize themselves with…

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