With more and more electronic communications being sent, everyone needs to take heed of scammers targeting individuals via e-mail and the ever popular fax, mail and phone calls. The goal of these scams it to trick and deceive people into revealing personal/financial information.
Here are five things you need to know about “phishing” scams:
- The IRS never initiates contact via email. So don’t reply or open any attachments as they most likely contain viruses. Also, do not click on any links. Forward the email to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The official website is www.irs.gov. Don’t be confused by sites claiming to be the IRS but the websites end in .com, .net or .org or any other designations instead of .gov.
- If you receive a fax stating it is from the IRS beware, the IRS rarely, if ever, sends unsolicited faxes. Beware of any faxes demanding confidential information.
- Ask for a badge number and call back number is you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be an IRS representative.
- The IRS mailed out a great number of notices and letters. If you are unsure if it is a legitimate communication, contact the IRS at www.irs.gov or give them a call at 1-800-829-1040 to determine if it is genuine.
To help shut down these schemes and prevent others from being victimized contact the IRS immediately to report the scam.