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3/20/2017
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IRS Warns Taxpayers of Email Scams

The IRS, along with state tax agencies and the tax industry, urge people to be wary of phishing email scams.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) joins state tax agencies, and the tax industry, in warning tax professionals and taxpayers of phishing email scams as the 2017 filing season comes to a close.

Tax-related scams are popular as the April 18 deadline approaches. Phishing emails with tax themes, which may request last-minute deposit changes for refunds or account updates, are common. One scam, posing as the taxpayer, asks tax preparers to change refund destinations. Taxpayers could also receive fake emails from tax software providers to update account information.

To better protect themselves, the IRS urges taxpayers to recognize phishing emails, calls, or text messages pretending to be from software companies or banks. Tax professionals should strengthen their account passwords and verbally confirm last-minute changes with clients.

Taxpayers who receive suspicious messages claiming to be from the IRS, or from tax software providers, should forward them to [email protected].

Read more details from the IRS here.  

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3/21/2017 | 10:07:55 AM
Interesting Item
I conducted a phishing campaign at my company to mirror this type of email scam. Utilizing real data sets many employees contacted the IRS through their phishing email distribution. Due to the efficacy of the phishing exercise, we were provided a notification from the IRS that requested we cease the campaign.
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3/21/2017 | 9:58:01 AM
Method of Transit
What needs to be a more common message from the IRS is that the method by which tax notifciations are provided is by mail. Electronic methods discussing any items related should be discarded.
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