IRS Phishing Scams

Have you ever received an email telling you to “update your IRS e-file immediately”?

If so, you have been the target of a phishing scam. Phishing is the process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an email or other electronic communication.

As with the example used in the article’s opening, in the email below the attacker is trying to gain access to an individual’s IRS account information. With this information the attacker has the ability to steal the user’s identity and more.

 IRS Phishing Example

The IRS will never initiate communication with you in an email or any type of electronic communication. For a list of the current phishing scams used to imitate the IRS, visit the IRS article on “Phishingand Other Schemes Using the IRS Name”.

If you suspect that you might be a victim of identity theft follow the steps listed in the IRS Taxpayer Guideto Identity Theft.



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How-to news article describing email phishing and how to effectively report it to ITS.


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