Data Privacy and Security Client Alert – IRS Issues Urgent Warning to Beware of IRS- and FBI-Themed Ransomware Scam

    By Nicole J. Harrell, Data Privacy and Security

    The IRS and FBI are warning about a new phishing scheme that impersonates the agencies and even goes so far as to include the emblems of both agencies.The email tries to entice the recipient to click on a link to download a fake FBI questionnaire.If the user clicks on the link, it downloads ransomware that prevents the user from accessing data stored on their device unless a fee is paid. For further information, please see the IRS bulletin here.

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