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IRS issues a warning on a phony website scam

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Oct. 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
October 30, 2012 3:19 pm

This just in from the Internal Revenue Service – a warning about a new tax scam. Actually, it’s an old scam, with a twist.

It’s a fake IRS website, and, as with scams of this sort, the site asks you to provide personal and financial information. The site mimics the IRS e-Services online registration page, which should be the first tipoff in that the actual site offers web-based products for tax preparers, not the general public, according to a recent (verified) release from the agency.

The phony web page looks almost identical to the real one.

“Criminals use these sites to lure people into providing personal and financial information that may be used to steal the victim’s money or identity,” the IRS said.

Keep in mind: The address of the official IRS website is www.irs.gov; anything that ends in .com, .net, .org or other designations instead of .gov.

If you find a suspicious website that claims to be the IRS, send the site’s URL by email to phishing@irs.gov. Use the subject line, ‘Suspicious website’.

Be aware that 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.

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