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IRS warns of new e-mail scheme

WASHINGTON, D.C  —The Internal Revenue Service warns consumers to be on the lookout for a new e-mail phishing scam. The e-mail appears to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and includes a bogus case number.

The fake e-mail may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”

Recipients are directed to click on links that supposedly provide information about the “advocate” assigned to their case or that let them “review reported income.” The links lead to web pages that solicit personal information.

Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the e-mail or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam e-mail to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. For more information, visit the IRS’s Report Phishing webpage.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is a legitimate IRS organization that helps taxpayers resolve federal tax issues that have not been resolved through the normal IRS channels. The IRS, including TAS, does not initiate contact with taxpayers by e-mail, texting or any social media.

For more on scams to guard against see the Dirty Dozen list on IRS.gov.

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