Latest Email Scam

Post Date: 1/5/12
Last Updated: 1/5/12

Summary

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• www.irs.gov

The IRS reports that a number of tax professionals, IRS employees, and others are receiving emails purported to be from the “IRS Office of Professional Responsibility.” The IRS suspects that this is a “phishing scheme” intended to fraudulently elicit personal information. The subject line contains “Acquire new EIN.” The text instructs the recipient to obtain a new “EIN” (Employer Identification Number) in connection with fraudulent actions on their behalf. A link is provided for detailed instructions.

These emails are not from the Internal Revenue Service or the Office of Professional Responsibility. Do not access the link provided or respond to these emails. Do not provide any personal information in response to these emails. The IRS has reported this matter to the appropriate entities.

Taxpayers who have received phishing emails or telephone calls should be instructed to report the incident to phishing@irs.gov. Emails should be forwarded as an attachment to preserve information needed to further investigate the incident.
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