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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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Tax Alert: IRS Scams and Identity Theft


Taxpayers should be aware that con artists are posing as the IRS in attempt to steal personal and financial information. Some of you may have received threatening phone calls or messages and we want to alert you of this situation. If you get a fraudulent call or message, here is what you should do.

If you receive suspicious phone calls or messages claiming to be the IRS, do not give any private information. Do not open any attachments or click on any links in the emails. Contact the IRS immediately at 800-366-4484 or phishing@irs.gov. You can also report the incident online at https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml. For more information on reporting IRS scams, click here.

Remember, the IRS does not contact taxpayers via email, text messages or social media. The IRS will never demand payment over the phone or threaten to report you to a law enforcement agency.

The IRS has issued an official warning to consumers, which can be read here.

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