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A recent scam coming from emails impersonating the IRS have triggered an onslaught of computer viruses. The IRS has posted the following link alerting consumers to the issue:

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-warns-of-tax-transcript-email-scam-dangers-to-business-networks

The phony emails can be potentially dangerous to your small business if employees do click on the links as they contain malware, which, when clicked on, can spread viruses throughout a company. The IRS has indicated that the emails typically come from institutions posing as banks or other financial firms. If you see an email purporting to be from “IRS Online”, carrying an attachment that says something similar to “Tax Account Transcript”, do not open it!

If using a personal computer, the IRS urges that you delete or forward the scam email to phishing@irs.gov. If it’s on the work computer, your employees should notify your technology professionals.

 

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