SCAM: Notice of Underreported Income - IRS
Posted by TJ on Tuesday September 15, 2009 @ 11:03 AM
[Tags: scam, business, taxes]

If you EVER receive an email claiming to be from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) that email is a scam. IRS agents are not even allowed to send emails as their current internal policy is they are only able to receive emails (and respond with a fax if needed).

Use common sense before clicking a link in any email you receive.

Here is the email that prompted this public service announcement:
noreply@irs.gov said:

from Internal Revenue Service
to [[address removed]]
date Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 7:54 PM
subject Notice of Underreported Income
Taxpayer ID: timothy-00000174073547US
Issue: Unreported/Underreported Income (Fraud Application)

Please review your tax statement on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website (click on the link below):

review tax statement for taxpayer id: timothy-00000174073547US

Internal Revenue Service

Note also that "Underreported" is not even an English word. Most of the time if you're good with English you're good at catching these scams because these scammers put no effort in writing their "official" emails.

Below is additional information straght from: IRS.gov

How to Report and Identify Phishing, E-mail Scams and Bogus IRS Web Sites

  • The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail.

  • The IRS does not request detailed personal information through e-mail.
  • The IRS does not send e-mail requesting your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.
  • Report suspicious e-mails and bogus IRS Web sites to phishing@irs.gov.

If you receive an e-mail from someone claiming to be the IRS or directing you to an IRS site,

  • Do not reply.
  • Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
  • Do not click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious e-mail or phishing Web site and entered confidential information, visit our Identity Theft page.
  • Use the following steps to report the e-mail or bogus Web site to the IRS.

How to report phishing, e-mail scams and bogus IRS Web sites
If you receive an e-mail or find a Web site you think is pretending to be the IRS,

  • Forward the e-mail or Web site URL to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.
  • You can forward the message as received or provide the Internet header of the e-mail. The Internet header has additional information to help us locate the sender.
  • After you forward the e-mail or header information to us, delete the message.

How to identify phishing e-mail scams and bogus IRS Web sites

You may also report misuse of the IRS name, logo, forms or other IRS property to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration toll-free at 1-800-366-4484.

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