The Internal Revenue Service and its tax industry partners warned tax professionals Tuesday that takeovers of tax professionals’ accounts by cybercriminals are on the rise.

The warning is part of a new public awareness campaign by the IRS, state tax authorities and tax industry leaders called “Don’t Take the Bait,” warning tax professionals about email phishing schemes and other tactics used by identity thieves, hackers and fraudsters (see IRS starts education campaign for tax pros on phishing).

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