Monday, February 25, 2013

Another Tax Season, Another Warning: Watch Out for "IRS e-mail" Scams

The IRS sent another warning to taxpayers to watch out for fraudulent e-mails and social media posts attempting to get credit card numbers or other personal information.  The IRS points out that it does not initiate taxpayer contacts by e-mail or social media; using the U.S. Postal Service to notify taxpayers.  Specific warnings: do not reply to suspicious messages, open attachments or click on e-mail links.  A specific example of the sort of tricks which the IRS warned about: use of fraudulent but tricky websites such as or  Remember that the IRS website ends in .gov.

Taxes are a stressful event for millions of Americans every year and the appearance of what appears to be offical IRS correspondence is particularly scary.  Nevertheless, if you are not SURE that the correspondence comes from the IRS; either contact your professional tax preparer or the IRS (toll free at 1-800-829-1040) before acting.


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There are more and more scams going on each and every day ive never had that 1 tried on me yet but i got several over the last five years inheritance and donation scams have been tried

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scams aren't avoidable in this day and age.

Good "heads up" advice. Be sure to research and double check when someone or something is inquiring about your personal information.

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Thanks for the post. Every day I hear about more and more people tricked. Even though it's quite known that the IRS only contacts you by post. People should be more careful before putting any information..

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