The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry have issued a warning about last-minute phishing email scams. Tax-related scams often peak at this time of year.
Scam emails may appear to come from a tax software provider, a bank, a credit card company or even the IRS, and may ask for sensitive information like passwords, Social Security numbers and bank account or credit card numbers. One new scam poses as a taxpayer, asking their tax preparer to make a last-minute change to their refund destination.
- Never open an attachment, or click on a link from an unknown or suspicious source.
- Remember that the IRS will never send unsolicited emails, or request sensitive data via email.
- Forward any suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.