The Internal Revenue Service today warned of a new email phishing scam in which people are getting emails that appear to be from the IRS taxpayer advocate and include a bogus case number.
The emails may include this message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”
Recipients are directed to click on links that purportedly provide information about the “advocate” assigned to their case or that let them “review reported income.” The links lead to Web pages that seek personal information.
The IRS said taxpayers who get the emails should not respond to the email or click on the links provided. Instead, they should forward the emails to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the IRS’ Web page on reporting phishing.
The IRS does have a Taxpayer Advocate Service, which helps taxpayers resolve federal tax issues that haven’t been settled through regular channels. But the IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers by email, texting or social media.
Phishing is No. 3 on the IRS’ “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, which it released last week. Read more about tax scams in advance of April 15 in today’s Journal News Tax Watch section.
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