Franchot to MD tax professionals: Beware of 'phishing email scam'Baltimore Post-Examiner

Franchot to tax professionals: Beware of ‘phishing email scam’

Comptroller Peter Franchot urged Maryland tax professionals and taxpayers to exercise caution in the face of a ‘phishing email scam’ that makes the state’s residents vulnerable to identity theft.

“We need every tax professional and taxpayer to keep a close eye on emails that they receive and to make sure every precaution is taken to prevent becoming a victim of these scammers,” Franchot said in a statement Friday.

The statement said that according to the IRS the scam involves email offers for software updates by parties masquerading as tax software providers.  Acceptance of the updates results in the theft of usernames and passwords which in turn enables scammers to obtain personal information such as Social Security numbers.

Maryland taxpayers are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the Comptroller’s Office:

1-800-MD-TAXES

 


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Bryan is a reporter and political columnist with Baltimore Post-Examiner and has broken multiple stories involving athletic scandals. He has been interviewed by ABC's Good Morning America as well as Baltimore area radio stations. Bryan has both covered and worked in the Maryland General Assembly and is extremely knowledgeable of politics, voting patterns and American history. In addition to his regular duties, Bryan freelances for several publications and performs investigative research. He has a B.A. in Political Science. Contact the author.
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