Beware of Cyber Criminals
The IRS receives thousands of e-mails and phone calls a year from taxpayers who have received suspicious e-mails, phone calls, faxes or notices claiming to be the IRS. These cyber criminals fraudulently use the IRS name and logo to lure taxpayers into thinking they are real. The goal of these criminals is to trick you into giving them your personal and financial information, which they will use to commit identity theft or to steal your money.
How do you know if it’s really the IRS or if it’s a scam?
1. The IRS will never ask you for detailed personal and financial information such as PIN numbers and passwords for credit cards, bank accounts, etc.
2. The IRS does not contact taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.
3. The IRS website is www.irs.gov. If it ends with something else such as .com, .org, .net, etc…. they are not the IRS.
4. If you receive a phone call, fax or letter in the mail from someone claiming to be from the IRS, and if you are suspicious, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to see if they had contacted you. Do not call the number from the fax or letter you received. You can also forward any suspicious e-mails to email@example.com.
5. If you receive an e-mail that you think is a scam, never reply to the message and never open up any attachments or click on any links.
You can help the IRS put a stop to fraud by contacting them at 1-800-829-1040, or by forwarding suspicious e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org
You have worked hard for your money! Please be careful and don’t let these criminals take it away from you.