Watch for Scammer E-mails Claiming to be from IRS

April 18, 2012

The IRS is warning taxpayers to beware of tax-related phishing schemes that try to get you to visit fraudulent web sites and input your sensitive financial information. 

In one such scheme earlier this year, many people were sent an e-mail that appeared like it was from the IRS, notifying the public about an early filing deadline and a penalty for missing the deadline. The e-mail urged users to click on a Web site link that imitated the look of the IRS Web site. The site requested users to input information, such as their bank account information and birth dates. 

The IRS “does not initiate contact with taxpayers by e-mail or any social media tools to request personal or financial information,” the IRS said in a statement. The agency also doesn’t “send e-mails stating you are being electronically audited or that you are getting a refund. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.”

Source: “Taxpayers Warned to Beware of E-mails from IRS,” The New York Times (April 17, 2012)

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