0 Replies Latest reply on Jan 30, 2008 12:10 PM by HarryWaldron

    IRS and Tax based Scams - New Wave of Attacks

      As we are entering into a new tax reporting season, scammers are already trying to take advantage of individuals Folks should be careful of all email messages as they appear to be authentic, but the IRS never contacts folks in that manner.

      Also, phone scammers are asking for SSN and other privacy information, that IRS should already have on file anyway. If folks share sensitive information, it can be used by identity thieves to impersonate the victim and obtain money. Always check any request for information with the source when in doubt.

      Tis the Season for Tax Return Scams

      QUOTE: A new wave of "phishing" e-mails making the rounds, claiming to be from the IRS, may be the work of scammers trying to capitalize on an economic stimulus package under consideration by Congress, an IRS spokesman said Monday.

      "The IRS never sends unsolicited initial e-mails," IRS spokesman Bill Steiner said. Nor does it ever ask for detailed personal and financial information, personal identification numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts, the men said.

      Phone scammers are also manipulate individuals

      QUOTE: Scammers, pretending to be IRS agents, are calling unsuspecting people, asking for Social Security numbers and other personal information so a refund check can be sent.

      IRS Warning and Recommendations

      QUOTE: A new variation of the refund scheme may be directed toward organizations that distribute funds to other organizations or individuals. In an attempt to seem legitimate, the scam e-mail claims to be sent by, and contains the name and supposed signature of, the Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations area of the IRS. The e-mail asks recipients to click on a link to access a form for a tax refund. In reality, taxpayers claim their tax refunds through the filing of an annual tax return, not a separate application form.

      RECOMMENDATION: These e-mail messages can be forwarded to: [EMAIL="phishing@irs.gov"]phishing@irs.gov


      Tax Notification
      Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

      United States Department of the Treasury
      Date: 01/28/2008

      After the last annual calculations of your fiscal
      activity we have determined that you are eligible
      to receive a tax refund of $134.80.

      Please submit the tax refund request and allow us
      6-9 days in order to process it.

      A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.
      For example submitting invalid records or applying
      after the deadline.

      To access the form for your tax refund, click here


      Internal Revenue Service
      Document Reference: (92054568).