It is tax season even though April 15 is fast approaching! The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) always warns citizens to not be fooled by scam emails stating something like, “We are unable to process your return…” The emails may look very official and may even have the IRS logo on it.
The scheme uses an email claiming that the user’s tax payment was rejected and directs the user to a website for additional information. Taxpayers who respond to this email may have personal information stolen or possibly become a victim of identity theft.
The IRS provides information on what taxpayers should do if they receive a suspicious IRS-related communication, how to identify “phishing” email scams claiming to be from the IRS and bogus IRS websites.
Again, the IRS does not initiate taxpayer communication through email. If anyone receives a message claiming to be from the IRS, do not reply to the sender, access links on the site or submit any information to them. Report and identify this or other “phishing” email scams and fake IRS websites by forwarding the email to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org.