IRS phishing scam targets taxpayers

June 11, 2015
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A phishing scam claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is hitting some taxpayers’ inboxes.

The fraudulent email asks taxpayers to update their IRS e-services portal information and Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs). The links provided to access the e-services portal in this email are a scam designed to capture usernames and passwords.

This email was not generated by the IRS e-services program. This scam comes on the heels of a phone scam that targeted taxpayers earlier in the tax season. The stolen information is often used to create fraudulent tax refund claims among other things.

Remember, the IRS does not use email, text messages, or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue involving bills or refunds. The IRS sends all notifications through the U.S. mail.

If you receive an email claiming to represent the IRS, do not click on the links provided. Similarly, if you receive a call from someone claiming to represent the IRS, do not provide personal information.

Email to report a phishing scam.

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