Consumer Alert
“Scam” E-Mail Pretending to be From the IRS

Be aware of receiving a “scam” email that pretends to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), stating that the recipient is eligible for a tax refund and providing a web link to obtain the refund.  The e-mail further requires the recipient to reply within 48 hours.

This e-mail is NOT from the IRS, but is an attempt to gain access to personally identifiable information, including social security number and credit card information.  Do not respond to such an e-mail!

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.

Read the IRS warning message at:
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing 

Read the Social Security Administration Warning message at:
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10064.html

Be aware of phishing e-mails! Never respond to unsolicited e-mail messages with your identifying information, such as a social security number, bank account or credit card.  Phishers have the ability to create e-mails and websites that are very similar to the “real thing.”  If you have any doubts, type the real url of the company you wish to do business with into your web browser, rather than using the web link provided in the e-mail message.

Last Updated: 8/28/14