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Don’t Be Fooled by IRS E-mail Scam

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The e-mail looked so official.  A message from the IRS about underreported income and fraud. An IRS return e-mail address, the email with the IRS’s logo. My heart skips a beat – What did I forget to do?

 Then, common sense takes over. No way the IRS would have this e-mail address.  And wouldn’t they mail me such information – not use email?

 So, I went one of my favorite sites about phishing and scams, typed in the subject of the email and sure enough – a scam it was. said it was a mass e-mailing.  Click on the link to “tax statements” it leads to an .EXE file that was likely a carrier of some form of malware.  Disaster averted.  But, a good reminder to always check before clicking.  Just type the subject line into Google and it will help you identify whether it is a scam or try a site like

Pass this on to others, especially older adults, who are more trusting about emails they receive—especially if they appear to be from the government or a financial institution.

Here’s what the IRS says about how it communicates with taxpayers:

The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail.

  • The IRS does not request detailed personal information through e-mail.
  • The IRS does not send e-mail requesting your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.
  • Report suspicious e-mails and bogus IRS Web sites to

If you receive an e-mail from someone claiming to be the IRS or directing you to an IRS site,

  • Do not reply.
  • Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
  • Do not click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious e-mail or phishing Web site and entered confidential information, visit the IRS Identity Theft page.
  • Use the following steps to report the e-mail or bogus Web site to the IRS.

How to report phishing, e-mail scams and bogus IRS Web sites
If you receive an e-mail or find a Web site you think is pretending to be the IRS,

  • Forward the e-mail or Web site URL to the IRS at
  • You can forward the message as received or provide the Internet header of the e-mail. The Internet header has additional information to help the IRS  locate the sender.
  • After you forward the e-mail or header information to the IRS, delete the message

Written by Laura Rossman

October 7, 2009 at 2:37 pm

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  1. Admiring all the effort you put into your blog. I particular liked this post. Outstanding, Clara Birch ~ Lna pengar


    November 27, 2009 at 8:59 am

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