IRS Renews Email Scam Warning

Posted on 11. Jul, 2006 by in Fraud & Scams, Taxes

pokerchips.jpgFollowing a recent increase in scam e-mails, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers to be on the lookout for bogus e-mails claiming to be from the tax agency.

The IRS saw an increase in complaints in recent weeks about these e-mails, which are designed to trick the recipients into disclosing personal and financial information that could be used to steal the recipients’ identity and financial assets. Since November, 99 different scams have been identified, with 20 of those coming in June – the most since 40 were identified in March during the height of the filing season.

The current scams claim to come from the IRS, tell recipients that they are due a federal tax refund, and direct them to a Web site that appears to be a genuine IRS site. The bogus sites contain forms or interactive Web pages similar to IRS forms or Web pages but which have been modified to request detailed personal and financial information from the e-mail recipients. In addition, e-mail addresses ending with “.edu” — involving users in the education community — currently seem to be heavily targeted.

So please be on the lookout for suspicious emails. If you ever question the legitimacy of an email just visit the site directly or give them a call and ask if they need some information from you. Don’t ever click on the links contained in suspicious emails (or most emails for that matter). If you receive a bogus email please help the IRS by forwarding the email to phishing@irs.gov.

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  1. IRS Warns About Phony IRS Emails at BeancounterBlog.com - April 2, 2007

    […] In the on-going e-mail schemes that use the IRS name, about which the IRS has warned the public before, the recipients are asked to click on links to take them to the “IRS” Web site. The links appear authentic and connect the victim to sites that resemble the genuine IRS Web site (www.irs.gov). The sites then prompt the victim for personal identifiers, credit card numbers, PIN numbers or similar financial information. The phony sites appear legitimate because most of the images and content are copied from actual pages on the genuine IRS Web site before being modified by the fraudsters to include their loaded questions. […]

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