IRS has been notified there is a new email phising scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS and include a link to a bogus web site intended to be the official IRS web site. These emails direct you to update your IRS e-file immediately. The emails mention USA.gov and IRSgov, not IRS.gov (IRS-dot-gov). Don’t get scammed. These emails do not come from the IRS.
If you receive one of these emails you should not respond or click on the links. Instead, forward your scam email to the IRS at email@example.com. If you would like more information, visit the IRS’s Report Phishing web page.
The IRS does not contact taxpayers via email, texting or any social media.
The IRS has issued a strong warning for taxpayers to guard against sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting taxpayers, incidents of this crime continue to rise nationwide.
The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.
People have reported a particularly aggressive phone scam in the last several months. Potential victims are threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off, or having their driver’s licneses revoked. Callers are frequently insulting or hostile – apparently to scare their potential victims.
Potential victims may be told they are entitled to big refunds, or that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.
Other characteristics of this scam include:
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.
The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.
Article originally published by the Internal Revenue Service.
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