How to Report and Identify Phishing, E-mail Scams and Bogus IRS Web Sites
The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail.
- The IRS does not request detailed personal information through e-mail.
- The IRS does not send e-mail requesting your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.
- Report suspicious e-mails and bogus IRS Web sites to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Current fraud risk related to EFTPS.
If you receive an e-mail from someone claiming to be the IRS or directing you to an IRS site,
- Do not reply.
- Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
- Do not click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious e-mail or phishing Web site and entered confidential information, visit our Identity Theft page.
- Use the following steps to report the e-mail or bogus Web site to the IRS.
How to report phishing, e-mail scams and bogus IRS Web sites
If you receive an e-mail or find a Web site you think is pretending to be the IRS,
Forward the e-mail or Web site URL to the IRS at email@example.com.
You can forward the message as received or provide the Internet header of the e-mail. The Internet header has additional information to help us locate the sender.
After you forward the e-mail or header information to us, delete the message.
How to identify phishing e-mail scams and bogus IRS Web sites
Sample of phishing e-mails
All IRS.gov Web page addresses begin with, http://www.irs.gov/.
Are you a victim of Identity Theft?
You may also report misuse of the IRS name, logo, forms or other IRS property to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration toll-free at 1-800-366-4484.
OnGuardOnline.gov provides protection tips from the federal government and the technology industry.
IR-2006-49, IRS Establishes e-Mail Box for Taxpayers to Report Phony e-Mails.
The 2010 ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams
You can also forward suspicious e-mails to the Federal Trade Commission at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact them at 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338).
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