Thursday, February 7, 2013

Another Type of Scam Regarding the IRS

One of our previous posts warned you about phony websites that look like they are from the IRS.  This one addresses the fake IRS emails that you may be receiving.  Beware of email messages that look like they are from the IRS and claim to be sending you an unexpected refund.  Do not even answer any prompts or open links in the email, and please don’t give out any of your personal information! 

The IRS does not tell taxpayers about refunds via email and will never solicit personal information electronically.  This is true for any type of electronic media – email, texts and social web sites such as Facebook, Twitter etc.  Anything you receive that appears to be from the IRS from one of these sources is certain to be a scam. 

Please let family and friends know, and help us prevent as many cases of identity theft as possible.  If you receive one of these emails, forward it to phishing@irs.gov.  Hopefully, you’ll receive a tax refund for 2012, but we guarantee the IRS will not send you an unsolicited email to let you know.  You’ll find out about it on your tax return, by receiving a check from the IRS or through a notification via the U.S. Postal Service.  If you have any questions about correspondence you’ve recently received, please contact us at 916-576-7050.  We will be happy to help you sort it out.

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