Another Tax Season, Another Warning: Watch Out for "IRS e-mail" Scams
The IRS sent another warning to taxpayers to watch out for fraudulent e-mails and social media posts attempting to get credit card numbers or other personal information. The IRS points out that it does not initiate taxpayer contacts by e-mail or social media; using the U.S. Postal Service to notify taxpayers. Specific warnings: do not reply to suspicious messages, open attachments or click on e-mail links. A specific example of the sort of tricks which the IRS warned about: use of fraudulent but tricky websites such as irs.com or irs.org. Remember that the IRS website ends in .gov.
Taxes are a stressful event for millions of Americans every year and the appearance of what appears to be offical IRS correspondence is particularly scary. Nevertheless, if you are not SURE that the correspondence comes from the IRS; either contact your professional tax preparer or the IRS (toll free at 1-800-829-1040) before acting.