It's "phishing" season for tax scammers

Marketing pitches masquerading as the 1099 forms detailing non-payroll income have been arriving in taxpayer mailboxes, while e-mails that appear to be from the Internal Revenue Service are really identity theft scams designed to collect personal financial information.

Government officials say they are currently seeing about one widespread IRS-themed e-mail scam a week, but Internet security experts expect them to escalate as the April 15 tax deadline nears.

"Usually these things peak around the time taxes are due," said Dan Hubbard, senior director of security and research for the Internet Web security firm Websense. "Basically it's another timely current event that's on top of people's lists and another lure to deceive people into giving away credentials in some way." WP: ‘Phishing’ season for tax scammers - Highlights -

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 25th February 2006 8:57PM