In a March 28 IRS Newswire publication (IR-2014-39), the Internal Revenue Service warned consumers of a new email-based phishing scheme.
According to the agency, emails are sent to consumers that appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number. The messages may include something like the following: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error.”
The recipients of these messages then may be told that their cases are being forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance, and that to avoid delays processing your 2013 filing (and for more information on the matter), they should contact the TAS using links within the message.
The IRS states that the links can lead to web pages that solicit personal information.
The agency emphasizes consumers should not respond to the emails nor click on any links included with the messages.
While the Taxpayer Advocate Service is a legitimate part of the IRS and helps taxpayers resolve federal tax issues that have not been resolved through the normal IRS channels, TAS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, texting or any social media.
Suspected email scams can be reported to the IRS at email@example.com.
For additional information on possible tax scams, see www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts.