It pays to be careful out there on the interwebs. You never know what you might be getting into if you don’t pay close attention to the addresses that you click on. Recently the IRS issued a warning about certain scams that have been making the rounds recently. The funny thing is, they had to issue their warning a second time because they initially posted an incorrect address.
At any rate, the text of the IRS’ Corrected Special Edition Tax Tip 2012-13 is listed below:
Don’t Fall for Phony IRS Websites
The Internal Revenue Service is issuing a warning about a new tax scam that uses a website that mimics the IRS e-Services online registration page.
The actual IRS e-Services page offers web-based products for tax preparers, not the general public. The phony web page looks almost identical to the real one.
The IRS gets many reports of fake websites like this. Criminals use these sites to lure people into providing personal and financial information that may be used to steal the victim’s money or identity.
The address of the official IRS website is www.irs.gov. Don’t be misled by sites claiming to be the IRS but ending in .com, .net, .org, or other designations instead of .gov.
If you find a suspicious website that claims to be the IRS, send the site’s URL by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the subject line, “Suspicious website”.
Be aware that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.
If you get an unsolicited email that appears to be from the IRS, report it by sending it to email@example.com.
The IRS has information at www.irs.gov that can help you protect yourself from tax scams of all kinds. Search the site using the term “phishing”.