IRS warns of email scam
The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers of a scam involving fake emails from a legitimate organization inside the agency.
The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service, with a bogus case number, but the IRS said it does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text or any social media.
The fake emails direct recipients to click on links that lead to web pages that solicit personal information.
“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,” some of the fraudulent emails read.
Taxpayers who get these messages should not read them and forward the scam emails to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Staff Reports