Beware of Fake IRS Emails
You may have recently received a phony IRS email asking for confidential personal and financial information. This is a good time to remind everyone to always be aware of online phishing scams, no matter who the sender. The IRS will never contact you via email, so if you receive an email from someone pretending to be them, do NOT open any attachment, click any link, or reply to the message—delete it and report it to the IRS immediately.
Scammers use the IRS name or logo to make the message appear authentic in order to get you to respond to it. In reality, it’s a scam known as “phishing,” attempting to trick you into revealing your personal and financial information. The criminals then use this information to commit identity theft. Below is an example of a phony email appearing to be from the IRS that several members in our office have received lately.
Subject: New: Tax Preparer Guide
In our effort to combat identity theft, tax return fraud and protect taxpayer information, we invite you to take part in our new “System Identifier Directory” program.
What this does is; it alerts us of anyone who tries to, access a preparer eservice profile, or file a return with any information from our directory, the system will then notify the taxpayer and their preparer with all information being used for the filing, the taxpayer and or preparer would be expected to authorize or deny.
Be among the first to take advantage of this safety measure which would take effect immediately after completing the process below;
(1) Send the following details to; firstname.lastname@example.org
With this, as a preparer, you will be notified immediately once our system notices that the information you supply above is being used or tried on a different computer. Also, you will be notified once any taxpayer information from the above profile is used by anyone other than yourself.
(2) Upload a file (pdf/docs) of all your clients/taxpayers’ tax information and send it via email to; email@example.com
Subject should be your name as registered with the IRS and Zipcode, for example; “John A Dow, CPA (29465)”
That way anyone who tries to file a return with any information from your client directory, our systems will notify you and the taxpayer and then they would be expected to contact our department to authorize or deny.
Department of Data
Internal Revenue Service
If you have any questions, please contact an Anders advisor.