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IRS Identity Theft Scams

Just a reminder this tax season that the IRS has issued several consumer warnings about the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scam artists trying to gain access to consumers’ financial information in order to steal their identity and assets.

To set up victims, scam artists will use the IRS logo and name with the following methods contact:

  • Regular mail,
  • Telephone,
  • Fax, or
  • Email

The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through email. Unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or from an IRS-related component such as EFTPS, should be reported to the IRS at

Additionally, clicking on attachments to or links within an unsolicited email claiming to come from the IRS may download a malicious computer virus onto your computer.

You may also report instances of IRS-related phishing attempts and fraud to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484. 

Published Jan 28, 2013.