IRS Scam Warning

Your friends at the Internal Revenue Service have issued an alert to taxpayers on the latest version of an email scam.  The email, claiming to be from the IRS, says the recipient is under a criminal probe for submitting a false tax return.  You’re asked to click on a link that contains more information.  In fact the link is a Trojan Horse, a piece of software that can take over your hard drive and allow someone remote access to your computer.

According to the IRS, they never send unsolicited emails or ask for detailed personal or financial information, including PIN numbers, passwords, or similar secret codes for credit cards, banks, or other financial accounts.

If you receive a questionable email that appears to be from the IRS, do not open any attachments or click on any links.  Instead, forward the email to  (Follow the instructions.)

Other scams involving the IRS include emails with links to a fake IRS web site which asks for bank account numbers, emails claiming that the recipient has a refund coming and asking for bank account information, and one stating that the IRS’ "anti-fraud commission" is investigating the recipient’s tax returns.

Bottom line, no reputable organization ever asks for confidential information over the internet. 

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