IRS Warns of 2014 Email Scam
The Internal Revenue Service recently warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a fake case number.
Some of the fake emails may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”
Recipients are then directed to click on links that claim to provide information about the “advocate” assigned to the taxpayer’s case or that let them “review reported income.” The links then lead to Web pages that solicit personal information from the recipient.
The IRS stressed that taxpayers who receive these e-mails should not respond, nor click on the links. Instead, they should forward the fake e-mails to the agency at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found on the IRS’s Report Phishing web page.
To read the entire release on the IRS website click here: IRS Warns of New Email Phishing Scheme Falsely Claiming to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service.