Tax season is upon us, and unfortunately it brings with it those pesky IRS scams that seem to make their way to our inboxes during this time of year. Don’t be a victim!
The quick take away is that the IRS will NEVER request information via email.
Here are a few attack variations of fraudulent IRS requests that businesses have fallen for over the years:
- Kindly send me the individual 2015 W-2 (PDF) and earning summary of all of your company staff for a quick review.
- Can you send me the updated list of employees with full details (Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Home Address, Salary).
- Please send the list of employees wages and tax statements for 2015. I need them in PDF file type; you can send it as an attachment. Kindly prepare the lists and email to me asap.
If you should get a phishing email regarding the IRS:
- Don’t reply.
- Don’t open any attachments. They can contain malicious code that may infect your computer or mobile phone.
- Forward the email as-is to the IRS at email@example.com
If you are unsure about the validity of any email please contact ITS Help Desk at 4222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.