Last Minute Email Scams

Reprinted From the IRS Website – www.irs.gov

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry urged both tax professionals and taxpayers to be on guard against suspicious activity, especially email scams requesting last-minute deposit changes for refunds or account updates.

Recommendations for tax professionals:

  • Verbally reconfirm any change of address or direct deposit change to a refund with the client.
  • Consider changing and strengthening their email passwords to better protect email accounts used to exchange sensitive data with clients.

Recommendations for taxpayers:

  • Learn to recognize phishing emails, calls or texts that pose as banks, credit card companies, tax software providers or even the IRS. They generally urge you to give up sensitive data such as passwords, Social Security numbers and bank account or credit card numbers.
  • If you receive suspicious emails forward them to phishing@irs.gov. Remember: never open an attachment or link from an unknown or suspicious source.