DATE: November 25, 2019
TO: Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM: Shawn Belling, Chief Information Officer
RE: Cybersecurity Alert – Fake IRS Emails
Sources monitored by the Technology Services Security Team report that Akamai’s cybersecurity research group is tracking an ongoing phishing campaign that impersonates the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website. The impersonated websites are visually identical to the actual IRS website. The goal of this campaign is to acquire sensitive personal information such as email addresses, passwords, or even social security numbers. The scammers then submit fraudulent tax refund claims using the victim’s personal information.
The Akamai Threat Research Team has observed a surge in these phishing attacks, targeting over 100,000 users.
Use the following practices to protect yourself from phishing attacks:
The upcoming holiday and tax return seasons create opportunities for others to attempt to steal your personal data. Think before clicking on a link, replying to an email you were not expecting, or a message sent by someone you have not communicated with before.
Please contact the Help Desk if you have any questions: email@example.com or extension 6666. If you suspect an email is a phishing message, you can check the Madison College Phish Bowl at https://madisoncollege.edu/phish.
Informing our staff of suspicious emails will help to ensure the safety of others who may receive similar communications.
Chief Information Officer
Published November 25, 2019.