Security Alerts/Scams

In 2017, FS-ISAC and IRS-CI continued to observe tax form related phishing campaigns, including several new variations that combine W-2 scams with business email compromise (BEC) or business email spoofing (BES) and wire transfer fraud. IRS’s Online Fraud Detection & Prevention (OFDP) office—which manages –– observed a significant increase in reports of W-2 related scams from more than 100 in 2016 to approximately 900 reports in 2017.
National Cyber Awareness System:
Potential Phishing Scams Related to Equifax Data Breach
09/14/2017 11:07 AM EDT
Original release date: September 14, 2017
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on scams related to the Equifax data breach. FTC warns consumers to be wary of calls or emails purporting to be from Equifax agents. Legitimate Equifax representatives will not contact consumers to ask for verification of their information.  Click here for the full alert.  

US-CERT encourages consumers to report fraudulent calls and emails to the FTC Complaint Assistant and to refer to the FTC Alert and US-CERT Tips on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks and Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft for more information.

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