Avoiding Email Tax Scams - What Should You Look Out For?

March 22, 2018
by Juan Rodriguez, Indiana Farmers Insurance Information Security Tech
 
Be on high alert for phishing emails that attempt to steal information such as usernames, passwords, etc.

Be cautious of any unsolicited communication that asks for your SSN (Social Security Number), banking information, and any other personal data. This should immediately raise a red flag. 

Avoiding tax scams FAQ: 
 
Q: Will the IRS contact me via email? 
A: No! The IRS will never initiate contact with you via email, text, or social media with a request for personal information.

 
Q: What do I do if I receive an email claiming to be from the IRS or any other tax service that asks for my personal information? 
A: Don't reply! Don’t click links or attachments. If you receive an IRS related email in your personal mailbox, forward it to phishing@irs.gov and delete the original message.

 
Q: Are there any resources I can use to identify email scams or websites claiming to be from the IRS? 
A: The IRS has highlights some examples and alerts at this link.

Click here for additional information from the IRS on avoiding phishing and tax fraud schemes.
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