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IRS warns against scam e-mails

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning consumers and business people that phone e-mail messages claiming to come from the IRS have been circulating in large numbers. The subject line of the e-mail often states that it is a “notice of underreported income.”

The e-mail may contain an attachment or a link to a bogus Web page directing taxpayers to their “tax statement.” In either case, says the IRS, when the recipient opens the attachment or clicks on the link, a Trojan horse-type of virum is downloaded.

The IRS does not send unsolicited e-mails to taxpayers about their tax accounts. Anyone who receives an unsolicited e-mail claiming to come from the IRS should avoid opening any attachments or clicking on any links. People can report suspicious e-mails they receive which claim to come from the IRS to a mailbox set up for this purpose, phishing@irs.gov. Those who believe they may already be victims of identity theft should find out what do by going to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s Web site, OnGuardOnLine.gov

More information on e-mail scams may be viewed on How to Report and Identify Phishing, E-mail Scams and Bogus IRS Web Sites and Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft.


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