IRS employees get phished - and fall for it….
Privacy and Identity Theft
A blog by Dave Jevans
By now you’ve been adequately warned against IRS phishing scams circulating the Internet. The APWG and other groups have warned consumers about fake emails pretending to be from the IRS, for example saying that you have an online refund pending.
Now we have news that the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for the Tax Administration launched a test to see how well IRS employees themselves manage their own passwords.
Instead of email, they simply called 102 IRS employees and asked them for their password. 61 complied with the request.
IRS phishing scams and fraud scams are real. The IRS doing the scamming is not so common.