Irs Email Scam

Online “phishing” has been prevalent with some new twists on the old schemes. Scam artists are at work sending e-mails appearing to be legitimately from the IRS or the Treasury Department that solicit confidential information including Social Security Numbers, personal bank or credit card account information, passwords, and even passport information. The most important thing to remember is that the IRS never uses e-mail correspondence to request any personal bank or credit card information. Attachments to these unscrupulous e-mails may also contain viruses when opened. All legitimate IRS.gov Web page addresses begin with, http://www.irs.gov.

The best practice is not to open attachments, click on any links, or divulge any personal account information. Suspicious e-mails, logos and Web site urls can be forwarded to phishing@irs.gov.