Thousands of individuals receive suspicious emails, phone calls, faxes or notices from entities claiming to be the IRS—often even including the IRS logo. These IRS phishing scams are tactics devised to trick you into revealing personal and financial details that can then be used to commit identity theft and steal money. And the prevalence of phishing scams is increasing.
3 Things to Know to Protect Yourself from IRS Phishing Scams
- The IRS never asks for detailed personal and financial information like PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.
- IRS emails do not exist. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. If you receive an e-mail from someone claiming to be the IRS or directing you to an IRS site, do not reply, open any attachments, or click on any links.
- If you receive a phone call, email, or letter from an individual claiming to be from the IRS, then be sure to call your CPA or the IRS directly for assistance.
Do you have questions about cyber criminals and proactive steps to protect yourself and your business? Contact CRI’s business advisors for details about phishing scams, identity theft, and red flags of theft—as well as ideas for combating potential threats. Or, contact the IRS directly to report a suspected phishing scam.