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Frequently asked questions regarding IRS email phishing scams

Frequently asked questions regarding IRS email phishing scams

Majority of taxpayers are confronted with IRS email phishing scams and hence enter into a form of uncertainty. It is because every layman taxpayer is aware of the fact that internal revenue service does not begin contact with the taxpayer through any dominant social means. In other words, no email contact, text messages or any form of social media is employed by IRS to reach an individual taxpayer. 

So, it is clear that no social means are employed to extract financial or personal information from the taxpayer. Instead, the IRS always request for PIN numbers, different access codes or passwords to gain entry into a taxpayer financial or bank account. So it shows that IRS contact with a taxpayer is highly formal without any personal or social association.

What is IRS email phishing scam?

As the IRS maintains a high formal and remote relationship with the taxpayer, the phishing scam can quickly be ruled out. Phishing is a trick that is generally a product of any unsolicited email or website that appear as lawful and authentic in front of the taxpayer. By tricking the taxpayer into believing that they are the real IRS, these sites exploit them and extract all the personal, financial and tax-related information from the victim.

So, if the taxpayer sees himself as a victim of phishing, he needs to report immediately to the authentic IRS website. And if the monetary losses that the taxpayer suffers as a result of being cheated by these fraudulent websites, they should;

  • Immediately inform this act to TIGTA
  • Place a complaint with the FTC with the help of complaint assistant
  • Report the investigation authorities to rule out the matter of scam

In case of distrustful IRS related email:

Nevertheless, the Tax Preparer or your personal accountant will also guide you with specific tips on how to tackle an unsolicited mail. So, if you, at some point in your life confront with such emails, you need to be proactive. And by that, it means that you need to prepare yourself with some measures so that you do not face any harm. Here are some of the proactive measures for you:

  • The most basic preventive measure does not bother to give any reply to such emails
  • If the mail has an included attachment avoid opening it. There is a high chance that these attachments may infect viruses and malware in tour PC system or mobile phones
  • Strictly avoid your tap or click on individual links. And if you by chance you have clicked on such links and have disclosed any personal information, then promptly visit the IRS identification page.
  • Immediately delete the email you receive from fraudulent sources

These steps would enable you to abstain from falling into the trap of such emails that trick you into disclosing information such as taxes that are related with huge investments, bank accounts, lottery or inheritance details of beneficiaries.

Tackling with fraudulent IRS related telephone calls

The imposters would always be one step ahead of you. If the unsolicited emails do not do the required work of robbing a taxpayer, then these imposters make use of IRS related telephone calls. These imposters impersonate calls or make unwanted calls such as tech support, telemarketing, fake grants or lottery winnings. Such requests are considered common popular types of cheating and fooling taxpayers. So, in order to avoid them, the accountant usually advise the taxpayer to incorporate call blocking feature in their telephones or mobiles. Furthermore, under the guidance of tax professional, you also need to prepare yourself with some beforehand measures. They include:

If you suspect the caller not being an official IRS employee, then you need to call them back by employing the appropriate online route. If you manage to track the employee, then your suspicion is wrong and if you don't have then your suspicion was right all the time.

Furthermore, view your tax information online or assess the IRS payment methods at IRS.gov. In this way, you will see the actual amount remaining.

Therefore, with these strategies, a taxpayer can respond proactively to IRS email phishing scams. As a result, the taxpayer will prevent themselves from falling into the trap of fraudulent websites or emails which claim to be IRS.





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