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Beware of Bogus IRS Emails

Feb 25, 2013 | Posted in Fraud Alerts

The IRS receives thousands of reports every year from taxpayers who receive emails out-of-the-blue claiming to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name or logo to make the message appear authentic so the recipient will respond to it. The phishing scam is an attempt to trick the person into revealing their personal and financial information. The criminals then use this information to commit identity theft or steal money.

The IRS is reminding taxpayers that they do not contact individuals by email or social media channels to request personal or financial information. They never ask for detailed personal and financial information like PIN numbers, passwords, or similar secret access information for credit card, bank, or other financial accounts.

The address of the official IRS website is www.irs.gov. Do not be misled by sites claiming to be the IRS but ending in .com, .net, .org, or anything other than .gov.

If you receive a phone call, fax or letter in the mail from an individual claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to determine if the IRS has a legitimate need to contact you. Report any bogus correspondence. Forward a suspicious email to phishing@irs.gov.