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Going "phishing"?
Monday, February 25, 2013

The scam typically works through the power of mass email – basically, the scammers send emails out of nowhere claiming to be from the IRS.  They use the IRS name and logo to make the message appear authentic so you will respond to it.  Sometimes they even have websites with “irs” in it, like or – just so you know, the official website for the IRS is and anything else is bogus. 

Please know that the IRS NEVER initiates contact with taxpayers by email or social media channels to request personal or financial information.  Similarly, the IRS never asks for detailed personal and financial information like PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. 

The IRS has this advice for anyone who receives an email claiming to be from the IRS or directing you to an IRS site:

  • Do not reply to the message;
  • Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer; and
  • Do not click on any links in a suspicious email or phishing website and do not enter confidential information.
Visit the IRS website and click on 'Identity Theft' at the bottom of the page for more information.

Should you feel like you want to confirm whether or not the IRS really has an issue with your tax returns, you can always contact them directly at 1-800 829-1040.


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