This year’s Income Tax declaration must be made by Wednesday the 31st. During the deadline, criminals use online resources to impersonate agents of the IRS and apply a new type of blow.
through your official site, the Federal Revenue says that there are groups using the name of the agency to address taxpayers by email to make a fuss about alleged errors in sending the declaration. Criminals sound urgent and warn that the correction needs to be made by May 31.
According to the Revenue, the criminal approach tries to give an air of veracity. According to the agency, in addition to the name, the thugs The virtual ones call people by the characteristic term in times of Income Tax declaration: taxpayers.
“To confirm their allegations, they provide a kind of malicious link, claiming to contain detailed information on the procedure for correcting errors in an alleged PDF file”, warns the Revenue team. “In the subject of the message, they use the acronym IRPF and refer to possible victims as ‘taxpayers’, terms used by the agency in its communication.”
Once the email is opened, the victim accesses the malicious link and ends up providing personal data — and banking — to criminals. The installation of programs responsible for capturing and sending user information is another resource of this type of gang.
The Federal Revenue reinforces, however, that does not send emails or text messages to request correction of any errors in the income tax return.
How to escape the Income Tax scam
To avoid having new victims of the new Income Tax scam, the Federal Revenue indicates four preventive actions:
- be wary of emails or messages from an unknown source that request personal information, especially related to the Income Tax declaration;
- never click on suspicious or unknown links, as they may direct you to malicious websites or download harmful programs to your device;
- do not open attached files, as they are usually executable programs that can cause damage to the computer or capture confidential user information; It is
- always check the authenticity of communications that appear to be from the IRS. In this sense, the agency reinforces that it uses the e-CAC Portal and the institutional website as secure communication channels as communication channels.
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