Pittsburgh, PA – March 13, 2012 –  Many people respond with fear when receiving any communication from the Internal Revenue Service, which is making many online users easy bait for cyber criminals using phishing tactics to hook their victims this tax season.  Cyber criminals use the emotional response that people have when they see anything from the IRS to take advantage of them in a weak moment and to collect information computer users shouldn’t be sharing.

With today’s non-stop pace of multi-tasking and juggling too many things at once, people access personal email from work devices, and work email from personal devices. Networks and data are intermixed to the delight of the cyber criminal. When people check their personal email from work devices, especially emails seemingly from a bank or the IRS, they’re potentially exposing an employer, and all of the company’s data, to significant risk.

In response, Wombat Security Technologies offers some quick tips to help online users avoid these tax season phishing attacks:

  1. The IRS does not communicate via email or social media. They only communicate through snail mail. Anything that you receive from the IRS through email or social media is fraudulent.
  2. Avoid offers that assist you in filing for a refund. Only share your personal financial information with someone from a reputable company whom you can actually meet with face to face.
  3. Don’t follow links to web sites that offer to help you file your taxes electronically. Always use a search engine to research the name of the company to ensure the company that sent you the offer is legitimate.
  4. If you receive a suspicious e-mail that claims to come from the IRS, you can help shut down phishing schemes. Simply relay that e-mail to a new IRS mailbox, phishing@irs.gov.

In addition to these helpful tips, Wombat Security Technologies offers a mock phishing attack service which gives companies the ability to phish their own employees for assessment and training purposes.  In support of tax season, Wombat has also added new tax phishing attack templates to the service so that employers can assess and train their employees about these and other types of phishing attacks.  For more information, visit the PhishGuru web page.

About Wombat Security Technologies

Wombat is a pioneer in cyber security awareness training.  With customers across North America, Europe, and Asia, Wombat Security Technologies provides a comprehensive and effective suite of cyber security training and assessment products.  Wombat also offers anti-phishing filtering solutions that have been shown to be significantly more effective than the most popular anti-spam filters when it comes to catching phishing attacks, including zero-hour attacks. Wombat’s products have been licensed for use in sectors as diverse as finance, government, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing and technology.  For more information visit www.wombatsecurity.com or contact Lorraine Kauffman-Hall @ 704-882-0443, lhall@attainmarketing.com.