DRS: CT Department of Revenue Services & IRS Warn of FBI/IRS-Looking Email Ransomware Scam

State of Connecticut

Department of Revenue Services

MEDIA release

450 Columbus Blvd.

Hartford CT 06103

Tel. 1-800-382-9463 in state, or 860-297-5962

Contact: Jim Carson

Tel.: (860) 297-5613

Email: james.carson@po.state.ct.us

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For Immediate Release:

August 29, 2017


CT Department of Revenue Services & IRS Warn of

FBI/IRS-Looking Email Ransomware Scam


Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) Commissioner Kevin Sullivan joined the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in warning the public of an email posing as the IRS and FBI which is part of a ransomware scam to take computer data hostage.


Said DRS Commissioner Sullivan, "Email-related scams are ongoing. They try to trick people to get at personal information, passwords and money. Cybercriminal tactics are constantly evolving. Be cautious of emails that may try to lure you into clicking a link or opening an attachment.”


This scam email tries to entice users to download a fake FBI questionnaire that is actually a malware called ransomware. The ransomware prevents users from accessing data stored on their device unless they pay the scammers to unlock it.


The CT DRS, IRS and tax industries – working in partnership as the Security Summit – currently are conducting an awareness campaign called Don’t Take the Bait, warning the public about the various types of phishing scams, including ransomware.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently cautioned that ransomware attacks are a growing and evolving crime. Victims should immediately report it to the FBI at the Internet Crime Complaint Center, www.IC3.gov. Forward any IRS-themed scams to phishing@irs.gov or contact DRS by calling (860) 297-5962 or outside the Hartford calling area at (800) 382-9463.

Content Last Modified on 8/29/2017 3:24:09 PM