While it is early in the tax season, the SANS ISC warns of dangers in responding to email messages (as IRS always uses US postal mail for official business). Scammers have found it advantegous to file fake returns very early in the tax season to obtain refund monies, well before many folks normally file.


Its that time of the year where you will start receiving fake tax information emails. So far today we have seen just a small campaign,  but I think people will more likely be susceptible to this kind of email this year as most people have heard about changes to the tax code, but not sure what has changed and how it affects them.

The below attack had nothing significant about it as its a PDF that appears to be a link to a google document. The site then mimics google login and harvests credentials. I expect to see some very well crafted and targeted emails shortly that will trick users.

EXAMPLE of email leading to fake phishing website designed to gather sensitive information

From: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:Federal Tax Refund Information

Attachment:Federal Tax Refund Information.pdf

URL:  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Good afternoon, I have a very important information for you concerning the Federal Tax Refund which I know that it will help you. Kindly check the attached file to view the details.