Phishing season in full swing as tax deadline looms
NEW YORK — Tax day is a little more than a month away, which means phishing season is in full swing.
The IRS says it's seen a "surge" this year in phishing emails, with thieves baiting special hooks for payroll and human-resources workers in hopes of snagging a company's entire stash of employee Social Security numbers and other personal information.
Meanwhile, tax-season phishing attacks against individuals are also up. Last month, the IRS said it had seen a quadrupling of phishing- and malware-related incidents for this year's tax season.