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IRS Warns of Email Tax Scam

Watch out for bogus emails claiming there's a problem with your 2013 tax return.

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By Cameron Huddleston

If you get an email that appears to be from the IRS and claims that there is a problem with your 2013 tax return, do not respond. It's the latest scam to surface this tax season.

Scammers are sending phishing emails that appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and warn taxpayers that their 2013 income has been flagged for review due to a document processing error, according to the IRS.

To resolve the issue, recipients are instructed to contact the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service by clicking on a link within the email.
The link supposedly provides information about the taxpayer advocate assigned to their case or allows taxpayers to review their reported income. However, the IRS reports that the link actually leads to a Web site that solicits personal information -- which thieves can use to steal your identity or access your accounts.

Although the Taxpayer Advocate Service is a legitimate entity, it does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text or any social media network -- nor does the IRS. If you receive an email that appears to be from the IRS or Taxpayer Advocate Service, do not reply to it and do not click on any links within the email. Forward the email to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

Also beware of phone scams during tax season. Scammers have been calling people across the country claiming that they owe money to the IRS and making threats including arrest if they don't pay up, according to the IRS. Learn more about this phone scam as well as steps to take to lower your risk of fraud during tax season.

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no bigger scammers than the irs...althiugh the doj comes in a close second...followed by the white house itself...

April 15 2014 at 9:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Any retard that loses money to an email without verifying it doesnt get my sympathy. There has got to be a penalty for being stupid.

April 15 2014 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You are right they are a scam and has always been.

April 15 2014 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The IRS is illegal per the constitution and they are the real TAX SCAM.

April 15 2014 at 4:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

wish the government was warning us about the utility scams....OH WAIT, they have a horse in the race.

April 15 2014 at 4:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Wait just a minute. The IRS is withholding tax refunds from folks because the IRS claims that someone related to them from a generation or more ago didn't pay their tax, yet they have the nerve to call out other scams? The IRS isn't even trying to prove that the taxes were owed by a relative-they just expect folks to take their word for it. Time to shut down the IRS.

April 15 2014 at 12:43 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

That's pretty funny since the IRS is a scam.

April 15 2014 at 12:40 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Juan Doez

The gobment is our worst enemy.

April 15 2014 at 12:31 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Whent hey can't come up with Emails over a year now for Congressional Hearing, is there something wrong here. Nobody should send in there tax forms and show this country that we have had enouigh.

April 15 2014 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


April 15 2014 at 9:50 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply