The IRS has released a warning about a new type of ransomware that is impersonating the IRS and FBI in an attempt to take computer data hostage.
The IRS urges that anyone with issues in regards to their taxes will never be contacted via a threatening email or phone call.
The scam attempts to get users to click on a link that supposedly leads to an online questionnaire.
However, if you click on the link, it will download malware on to your computer that prevents you from accessing your data and files unless you pay the ransom.
The fake email uses the emblems of both the IRS and FBI in an attempt to look authentic, but never click links from an email that seems suspicious.
Unfortunately, scams like these happen every day, and since 2016 there are roughly 4,000 ransomware attacks per day.
Like mentioned earlier, you should never click on links in a suspicious email, but if you do – don’t pay the ransom and contact your IT provider immediately.
In addition to clicking links on suspicious emails; you should stay away from untrusted websites, outdated files, downloading suspicious files, and untrusted networks.
For more information about ransomware and how to stay safe online, download our Cybersecurity Threat Guide.