Be aware of IRS and other tax-related scams
January 2015 - With the tax season underway, the IRS urges taxpayers to be aware that tax-related scams using the IRS name, logo, or Web site clone may proliferate during this time of year.
What to Know:
- Tax scams can take many forms, with perpetrators posing as the IRS in everything from e-mail refund schemes to phone impersonators.
- Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail.
- Be vigilant of any unexpected communication that is supposedly from the IRS during tax season.
- The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers via electronic communications (e.g., email, text, social media channels) to request personal or financial information.
- The IRS also does not ask for personal identification numbers (PINs), passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.
What to Do:
- Do not open any attachments or links in suspicious emails, texts, or social media channels.
- Be on the watch at all times. Tax phishing scams and other schemes are practiced throughout the year. Review Phishing and Other Schemes Using the IRS Name.
- Report suspicious IRS-related communications on the IRS Report Phishing site.