Is there an e-mail scam going around involving the IRS? I’ve gotten a few e-mails lately and I thought I would ask you just to be sure.
I’m glad you did ask, because along with all the other e-mail scams going around these days, a new one involving the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) has come into play. This one was actually announced in July of this year and even though it’s not tax season, it doesn’t hurt to go over it again. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
With this new scam, the IRS is asking everyone to be on the lookout for e-mails that use the Treasury Department’s Electronic Tax Payment System as a hook. The scammers are using this to lure consumers in to giving out personal information. The actual payment system does allow taxpayers to pay their federal taxes online or by phone, but that’s not all you’re getting yourself into if you fall for this false e-mail.
The e-mail uses a page that looks a lot like the IRS Web site, saying it is from their Antifraud Commission group. The funny thing though, is that this group doesn’t even exist. The e-mail goes on to claim that someone has enrolled your (the taxpayer) credit card and has tried to pay their taxes with it. It also says something about risky attempts with your bank account and that some money has been lost, while your remaining funds are being blocked.
You are then prompted to click on a link so you can recover your funds. This is mainly where the fraud comes in, because you are then asked to enter in some personal information, which the scammers will use to overtake your identity. The IRS has made it perfectly clear that they do not send out unsolicited e-mails like this and they urge you to not be taken in by the criminals. Keep in mind that the IRS will never ask you for a PIN number, any passwords you may use or any other secret access codes.
These e-mails are filled with grammatical errors and typos, so keep an eye out for that as well. I know we’ve told you this before, but never open any unfamiliar e-mails. Even if you do open them, don’t click on any links or anything that seems suspicious. You have to be very careful with the e-mails that come through to your Inbox, so please always be on a careful lookout for frauds like these. Don’t be fooled or pulled in by these types of scams ever again.