Preying on the fears surrounding our taxation system and the Internal Revenue Service, scammers have been posing as IRS officials in emails that are designed to elicit personal information. These scams aren’t new, but each year around tax time, the volume of the emails heats up.
The most recent scam involves an email that says you’re still owed money from the government from 2006. In order to claim the money, recipients of the email are asked to submit personal information and a credit card number and ATM pin number.
The IRS makes it clear: They’ll never ask for personal, financial, or banking information in an email. They also won’t send you an email saying you’re at the center of a fraud investigation. Do not respond to such emails. If you’re concerned about your status with the IRS, please contact them by phone or through their website.