An Email scam is nothing new. However, an IRS email scam? That is another story. It is brazen to claim to be the IRS in an email scam. Always remember, the first contact you will receive from the IRS will be by U.S. mail.
How to Recognize An IRS Email Scam
If you receive email or a phone call claiming to be from the IRS, consider it a scam. Do not click through to any links. Do not respond through a link either. Instead, help the government combat these email scams by forwarding the IRS email scam to email@example.com.
Unscrupulous people are out there dreaming up schemes to get your money . They become very active toward the end of the year and during tax season. They create bogus emails disguised as authentic e-mails from the IRS, your bank, or your credit card company, none of which ever request information that way. They are trying to trick you into divulging personal and financial information they can use to invade your bank accounts, make charges against your credit card or pretend to be you to file phony tax returns or apply for loans or credit cards.
Don’t Be a Victim: STOP-THINK-DELETE
Scammers become very active toward the end of the year and during tax season.
What they try to do is trick you into giving your personal information, such bank account numbers, passwords, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, etc.
You need to be very careful when responding to emails asking you to update such things as your account information, pin number, password, etc. First and foremost, you should be aware that no legitimate company would make such a request by email. If you get such an IRS email scam or other emails, they should be deleted and ignored, just like spam emails.
We have seen bogus emails that looked like they were from the IRS, well-known banks, credit card companies and other pseudo-legitimate enterprises. The intent is to fool you and have you click through to a website that also appears legitimate. That website is where they have you enter your secure information.
Examples of Email Scams
- Emails that appeared to be from the IRS indicating you have a refund coming and that IRS official need information to process the refund is an IRS email scam. The IRS NEVER initiates communication via email! So right away, you should know it is bogus. If you are concerned, please feel free to call this office.
- Emails from a bank that indicates it is holding a wire transfer and needs your bank routing information and account number. Do not respond. If you have any doubt, call your bank.
- E-mails saying you have a foreign inheritance and require your bank information to wire the funds. The funds that will get wired are yours going the other way. Remember, if it is too good to be true, it generally is not true.
We could go on and on with examples. The key here is for you to be highly suspicious of any email requesting personal or financial information.
As mentioned prior, if you are concerned or you believe you may have fallen victim to an IRS scam email, please call Alex Franch, BS EA at 781.849.7200. He can help you with the paper work involved to restore your right identity with the IRS. We have locations in Quincy, Weymouth and Dedham. You can also visit our Tax Identity Theft Information Center.
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