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IRS Cautions about Fraudulent E-mail Scams


Taxpayers are continuously being targeted with e-threats. Thus, IRS has made a list of e-mail phishing campaigns circulating online and graded them the top concern this tax-filing season. The list is also placed on the yearly cataloged "Dirty Dozen" frauds of 2018.


IRS is cautioning tax-professionals, businesses along with taxpayers for remaining vigilant of fraudulent e-mails and/or phony websites seeking for grabbing personal information.


The Dirty Dozen happens to be an annual compilation by IRS that provides a series of different common scams that aim at taxpayers round the year. A lot of such scams become most threatening in the filing season, in particular, the fraud phone calls. Commonly during such calls, the caller feigns like an IRS representative telling a taxpayer over the phone that he requires making a pending payment to the agency. The caller tells that the taxpayer has to make the balance payment without delay with the help of his debit card alternatively do a wire-transfer, otherwise he'll be punished with deportation, arrest else termination of his driver's license or business. Speaking with an intense foreign accent, the caller uses false badge numbers and common names. The caller also by spoofing Internal Revenue Service's toll-free number, makes the phone number appearing on caller ID resemble that of IRS. Cnbc.com posted this, March 7, 2018.


The electronic mail scams just described have criminals feign like an organization or person in whom taxpayers repose their faith. These criminals hack someone's e-mail A/C which they then use for dispatching mass e-mails. Sometimes they pretend to be some credit card firm, bank, government agency or tax software vendor. They even set up websites which look as genuine, however, have fake log-in pages. This they do in anticipation of victims getting convinced with the lure followed with providing cash, Social Security Numbers, passwords as also other information so they can execute ID-theft.


Employees else entrepreneurs who believe scammers victimized them should report to IRS through e-mail at the phishing.irs.gov address and put "W2 Scam" as subject. Importantly however, IRS doesn't contact taxpayers over electronic mail for asking to provide financial or other personal information.

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