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Taxpayers Should Remain Alert As Another Bogus IRS Email Hits Inboxes

With all of the media coverage focusing scammers posing as IRS agents by phone, it may be tempting to let your guard down and assume that the scammers are on the run.

October 26, 2016

Published by the Taxgirl

With all of the media coverage focusing scammers posing as IRS agents by phone, it may be tempting to let your guard down and assume that the scammers are on the run. They are not. They are still making the rounds, trying to trick taxpayers into giving up personal information or sending payments. That means not only bogus calls but also letters and emails.

The email states:

Good morning,

Thank you for your request for IRS Support Center. Your Tax Return for $6,775.00 has been placed.

Here is your Tax Report.

Available only for computers, not smartphones view.

The IRS is committed to protecting the privacy rights of America’s taxpayers. These rights are protected by the Internal Revenue Code, the Privacy Act of 1974, the Freedom of Information Act, and IRS policies and practices. Visit the IRS Electronic Freedom of Information Act Reading Room for more information about these laws.

A quick read of the email results in a number of red flags:

  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) doesn’t send personal tax information via email;
  • The IRS won’t issue a “Tax Report” by mail or email;
  • There are multiple problems with grammar and language in the email (for example, you don’t “place” a tax return with IRS nor do you request “for” IRS Support Center); and
  • There is no “IRS Support Center.”

(Don’t even get me started on the likelihood that I’d receive a tax refund for nearly $7000…)

The email purports to come from an irs.gov email address but a check on the header shows that the email is actually from another domain which is no longer available.

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