Tax time in the US is quickly approaching. Everyone should be on the lookout for scams that are designed to trick you out of your money and personal information. The IRS is warning users about an increase in the number of email scams being used this year. However, these attacks are no longer limited to just the United States.  Earlier this year we notice tax phishing campaigns targeting Ireland. Therefore, we decided to take a look back over the last year and see how widespread tax scams have become. We quickly realized that tax scams have gone international and now impact numerous countries across the world.

To give you an idea of the scope of the problem that we uncovered, our post will look at tax phishing campaigns from the following perspectives:

  • Tax Related Domains
  • Countries Impacted
  • Attack Techniques
  • Timing of Attacks
  • Interesting Twists



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