In many places in the world, and in the US and UK especially, it is tax filing time, and the spammers and scammers are active as ever, when they sniff an opportunity.
Our take: ALWAYS be careful of emails that come from sources you don’t know, even if they look legitimate. Remember these golden rules, and you’ll be much safer online:
- Never give out your password to anyone. Ever.
- Check the URL of all sites asking for credentials (passwords, social security number, bank account details etc.) If the URL box is missing (because the browser window has been set not to show it) treat with exceptional caution.
- If it looks suspicious, in any way, better to phone your local tax or government office to make sure.
- If you’ve already set up an account somewhere, it is unlikely they will ask you, by email at any rate, to confirm those details are correct.
- No legitimate bank site would ask for your deeply personal details, because, if they were needed, they would already be held on file from your off-line application process.
- DO NOT download anything from ANY site unless you have confirmed from another source it is needed.
- If in doubt, don’t do it, but rather confirm authenticity.
- Running anti-spam on your servers and desktops will help to keep you safe.
If you hear of any specific scams, let us know in the comments.