Expert: Be Wary of Phishing Scams During Tax Season
FINANCIAL PRIVACYApril 8, 2011
Tax-related phishing scams have increased in recent months, with 48 percent of malicious mail including tax-related phishing scams as of late March, ITWorld Canada reports. "Phishing utilizes timely events to increase the likelihood of catching targets and information; during tax season it's tax phishing, during election season its election phishing," said James Quin of Ontario's Info-Tech Research Group. Recipients of tax-related phishing e-mails should be on the lookout for requests for credit card information, the report states, and "know it is a scam if it asks for credit card info because the government does not give out rebates in that fashion."