With the federal tax-filing deadline just days away, the IRS is warning consumers about phony emails.
The fake emails, which claim to be from the IRS, include such messages as: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”
Although the emails may look or sound legitimate, they’re not, says the IRS. Typically, they ask taxpayers to click on a link, which then asks for personal or financial information that could be used in identity theft.
The Taxpayer Advocate Service is a legitimate IRS organization that helps taxpayers resolve issues, but it does not send out emails.
The IRS reminds consumers that it never contacts anyone by email, text or social media. If you get an email message that says it’s from the IRS, delete it. Do not click on any links.
If you get a suspicious IRS email, forward it to the IRS at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For details, visit the IRS “Report Phishing” page.
Call The Bee’s Claudia Buck, (916) 321-1968. Read her Personal Finance columns at sacbee.com/claudiabuck.