"Wow a refund from the IRS!" "Oops my taxes are late."
These are just some of the responses you may have to an email you receive "from" the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. But the bottomline is if you receive such an email, it’s a phony:
"’The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails asking for personal information,’ said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson….The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails or ask for detailed personal information. Additionally, the IRS never asks people for the PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank or other financial accounts."
Recent phishing scams have included:
- Warnings related to the Treasury Department’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) (learn more)
- Refund notifications and outdated info (learn more and see examples of IRS phishing emails)
The IRS requests that consumers send phishing emails to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more this on the IRS site.