Did you just get an e-mail purportedly from the IRS? Don’t believe it.
Alert: The IRS is reminding taxpayers to be aware of identity theft scams using its name, logo or web site address. (IRS News Release IR-2009-71) The idea is to trick you into disclosing vital personal information.
The IRS doesn’t contact taxpayers or request personal information by e-mail, so any such communications are suspect. The IRS is instructing taxpayers to forward suspicious e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it from your inbox. Don’t click on any attachments or links.
The IRS has also identified the following scams that have recently surfaced:
1. Making Work Pay credit: This scam claims that the Making Work Pay credit will be paid into your bank account if you register your account information with the IRS. However, most taxpayers receive the credit in their paychecks through decreased withholding.
2. Cash bonanzas: Another phishing scam revolves around an e-mail notifying taxpayers that they will receive millions of dollars in recovered funds, lottery winnings or cash consignments if they provide their personal information.
Tip: When in doubt, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040 to determine whether it is legitimately trying to contact you.
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