ICYMI: Security Summit Warns of New IRS Impersonation Email Scam

NSTPInternal Revenue Service (IRS), Online Scams, Security Summit

ICYMI: Security Summit Warns of New IRS Impersonation Email Scam

ICYMI: Security Summit Warns of New IRS Impersonation Email Scam; Reminds Taxpayers the IRS Does Not Send Unsolicited Emails Note to NSTP members – please get out the word to your clients about this new scam. This is a fast growing scam and many taxpayers have been affected. The link in the email sends them to a website that is an exact duplicate of the IRS Website. Remind your clients that the IRS NEVER communicates by email to taxpayers. The first point of contact will always be a notice or assessment through the U.S. mail. The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners warned taxpayers and tax professionals about a new IRS impersonation scam campaign spreading nationally on email. Remember: the IRS does not send unsolicited emails and never emails taxpayers about the status of refunds. The IRS this week detected this new scam as taxpayers began notifying phishing@irs.gov about unsolicited emails from IRS imposters. The email subject line may vary, but recent examples use the phrase “Automatic Income Tax Reminder” or “Electronic Tax Return Reminder.” The emails have links that show an IRS.gov-like website with details pretending to be about the taxpayer’s refund, electronic return or tax account. … Read More

Tax Scams Continue Year-Round

NSTPInternal Revenue Service (IRS), Online Scams

Tax Scams Continue Year-round

Tax Scams Continue Year-Round Although the April filing deadline has passed, scam artists remain hard at work, and the IRS is urging taxpayers to be on the lookout for a spring surge of evolving phishing emails and telephone scams. The IRS is seeing signs of two new variations of tax-related scams. One involves Social Security numbers related to tax issues and another threatens people with a tax bill from a fictional government agency. Here are some details: The SSN hustle. The latest twist includes scammers claiming to be able to suspend or cancel the victim’s Social Security number. In this variation, the Social Security cancellation threat scam is similar to and often associated with the IRS impersonation scam. It is yet another attempt by con artists to frighten people into returning ‘robocall’ voicemails. Scammers may mention overdue taxes in addition to threatening to cancel the person’s SSN. Fake tax agency. This scheme involves the mailing of a letter threatening an IRS lien or levy. The lien or levy is based on bogus delinquent taxes owed to a non-existent agency, “Bureau of Tax Enforcement.” There is no such agency. The lien notification scam also likely references the IRS to confuse potential … Read More

CONSUMER ALERT: IRS WARNS TAXPAYERS, TAX PROS OF NEW EMAIL SCAM TARGETING HOTMAIL USERS

NSTPInternal Revenue Service (IRS), Online Scams, Taxpayer

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a warning to taxpayers and tax professionals of a new email scam targeting Hotmail users that is being used to steal personal and financial information. The phishing email subject line reads: “Internal Revenue Service Email No. XXXX | We’re processing your request soon | TXXXXXX-XXXXXXXX”. The email leads taxpayers to sign in to a fake Microsoft page and then asks for personal and financial information. The IRS has received over 900 complaints about this new phishing scheme that seems to exclusively target Hotmail users. The suspect websites associated with this scam have been shut down, but taxpayers should be on the lookout for similar schemes. Individuals who receive unsolicited emails claiming to be from the IRS should forward it to phishing@irs.gov and then delete it. It is important to keep in mind the IRS generally does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. For more information, visit the “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” page on IRS.gov. The IRS reminds tax professionals to be aware of phishing emails, free offers and other common tricks by scammers. Tax professionals who have data breaches should contact the IRS immediately through their Stakeholder Liaison. See Data Theft … Read More

TAX PROFESSIONALS WARNED OF VARIOUS SCAMS; URGED TO BE WARY OF SCHEMES AS FILING SEASON DEADLINE APPROACHES

NSTPFraud, Fraudulent Tax Refunds, Hackers, Identity Theft, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Online Scams, Phishing, Security

TAX PROFESSIONALS WARNED OF VARIOUS SCAMS; URGED TO BE WARY OF SCHEMES AS FILING SEASON DEADLINE APPROACHES In what is becoming a repetitive theme the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry are again warning tax professionals to beware of phishing email scams claiming to be from IRS e-Services and of schemes in general as we approach the April 18 deadline. Do not become a victim of these scams that are inundating the tax professional community. If you receive an email and you are uncertain of the validity then do not respond! Open your browser and go directly to the website for your software vendor, or bank, or credit card company or the IRS to request clarification if necessary. Under the leadership of the Security Summit; the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry warned that this time of year is the high season for identity thieves scams to steal sensitive data from tax professionals. All tax preparers and their employees must be on guard against phishing activities. The IRS noted a particular surge in the past 24 hours related to a phishing email scam that seeks to steal practitioners’ usernames and passwords for IRS e-Services. … Read More

IRS, STATES AND TAX INDUSTRY WARN OF LAST-MINUTE EMAIL SCAMS

NSTPData Theft, Hackers, Identity Theft, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Online Scams, Security

IRS, STATES AND TAX INDUSTRY WARN OF LAST-MINUTE EMAIL SCAMS

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), state tax agencies and the tax industry is again warning both tax professionals and taxpayers of last-minute phishing email scams, especially those requesting last-minute deposit changes for refunds or account updates. As the 2017 tax filing season winds down to the April 18 deadline, tax-related scams of various sorts are at their peak. The IRS urged both tax professionals and taxpayers to be on guard against suspicious activity. For example, a new scam poses as taxpayers asking their tax preparer to make a last-minute change to their refund destination, often to a prepaid debit card. The IRS urges tax preparers to verbally reconfirm information with the client should they receive last-minute email request to change an address or direct deposit account for refunds. This is also the time of year when taxpayers may see scam emails from their tax software provider or others asking them to update online accounts. Taxpayers should learn to recognize phishing emails, calls or texts that pose as familiar organizations such as banks, credit card companies, tax software providers or even the IRS. These ruses generally urge taxpayers to give up sensitive data such as passwords, Social Security numbers and bank … Read More