The Internal Revenue Service warns taxpayers that a scam e-mail is circulating that fraudulently uses the IRS name and logo as a lure.
The latest scam e-mail targets both businesses and individuals. It claims a federal tax payment has been rejected and directs the recipient to complete an attached form. That attachment contains a virus that may infect your computer so the perpetrators can steal personal and financial information.
“The IRS never sends unsolicited e-mail asking for your financial or detailed personal information,” said IRS spokesman Michael Devine.
If you receive an e-mail from someone claiming to be from the IRS or directing you to a site for a refund or to answer questions about your taxes, Devine warns:
• Do not reply to the message.
• Do not open any attachments, they may contain a virus.
• Do not click on any links.
The IRS said their first contact will be a letter or notice that arrives through the mail. That correspondence will explain the situation and provide contact information.
To verify the IRS is trying to contact you, call their toll-free number, 800-829-1040.
To help shut down scam sites, you can forward suspicious e-mails that claim to come from the IRS to a special mailbox, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can forward the message as received or provide the Internet header of the e-mail.
The Internet header has additional information to help locate the sender.
You may also report misuse of the IRS name, logo, forms or other IRS property to the treasury inspector general for tax administration toll-free at 1-800-366-4484.