Tax season and the pandemic have combined to form a situation ripe for financial and tax-related scams. COVID-19 and subsequent stimulus funds have provided new ways for cybercriminals to steal personal information, spread malware, and take advantage of unsuspecting businesses and individuals.
As you prepare your tax returns in 2021, keep these examples of potential cybercrime on your radar.
Watch for popular phishing scams
IRS: Action needed now!
You may receive a legitimate-looking email that supposedly came from the IRS. It might convey urgency that there’s something wrong with your tax return, or that you can receive an early stimulus payment if you act now. This is one of the most common phishing scams, and can also be one of the most damaging.
Similarly, you may receive a phishing email branded like a popular tax software company, informing you that your account…