The IRS and Security Summit released a warning to taxpayers and tax professionals last week about a new IRS impersonation scam. The Security Summit consists of the IRS, state tax agencies, tax preparation firms, software developers, tax professional organizations, and financial institutions.
Fraudulent individuals are sending emails that contain various subject lines including “Automatic Income Tax Reminder” or “Electronic Tax Return Reminder.” The body of the emails contain links referencing “temporary passwords” or “one-time passwords” that would enable you to access files that will allow you to submit your refund claims.
If you fall victim to this scam your computer will become infected with malware. This malware can give the criminals full access to your computer, including all of your files and passwords.
IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig reminded taxpayers that, “The IRS does not send emails about your tax refund or sensitive financial information. This latest scheme is yet another reminder that tax scams are a year-round business for thieves. We urge you to be on guard at all times.”
If you believe that you were a victim of a scam that has compromised your tax records please contact Withum’s Tax Controversy Group for assistance.