August 29, 2017
The IRS is warning citizens of a new cyber-scam that uses ransomware impersonating federal agents to assume control over the victim’s computer data.
Officials say scammers send out emails with both the IRS and FBI emblems demanding the user click on a link to download a form.
The link downloads ransomware instead, taking the user’s computer data hostage until they pay money to the scammers.
The IRS is telling citizens to remember that the agency never contacts a taxpayer through an intimidating email or phone call.