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"IRS" Email Scam

August 4, 2011 by Kevin

Wouldn't it be nice to not get contacted by scammers posing as the IRS? Unfortunately there are people out there who try to trick the common internet user in to downloading software, contacting the scammer, or otherwise becoming wrapped up in their malicious scheme.

In the last month alone we have received four emails claiming to be the IRS. These emails' subject lines usually look like "Internal Revenue Service" or "Federal Tax transaction cancelled". The body of the email often mentions fraud, a cancelled payment, a returned transaction or something similarly concerning. You should not take an email like this seriously. From the IRS' website, www.irs.gov, they state:

The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through email

Another thing to note about these emails is that while they may contain "specific" transaction numbers the messages are usually quite generic: "Your federal Tax transaction (ID: 3476078502293), recently initiated from your bank account was returned by the your financial institution." They don't mention the bank or the details of the transaction.

If you receive an email that you believe is an "IRS" scam there are a few things you should do. Firstly, be sure to not click any links or attachments or reply to the email (see also How Can I Tell if a Link is Safe?). Next, forward the email to phishing@irs.gov. Finally, delete the email.

Hopefully this article has helped you avoid potential loss of money or personal information through this email scam. You can find more information directly from the IRS at this link.

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