Taking Back the ID

Playing dodgeball with yet more scams

Think you’re completing your tax return? Think again. That frightening call from the Social Security Administration? Not who you think it is. And believe you’re getting the protection and settlement from the Equifax breach? Buyer, beware.

The email looked official. Todd Luckenbach opened it with the subject, “Electronic Income Tax Reminder” and clicked on the link that directed him to visit the government agency’s website to complete his tax return. He was pleased to see the IRS was being so proactive, and he knew it was them because the website’s URL was authentic … or so he thought. Within days, his bank account was drained. Turns out that website was a fraudster’s, and the link had installed malicious software.

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