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In addition to scams Doeren Mayhew highlighted in this February post, the Internal Revenue Service is now warning taxpayers to be on the lookout for a new phishing scam featuring emails that appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number.
The Taxpayer Advocate Service is a legitimate IRS organization, however, the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, texting or any social media means.
The fake emails in this latest phishing scam may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”
Recipients are directed to click on links that supposedly provide information about the “advocate” assigned to their case or that let them “review reported income,” which lead to Web pages that solicit personal information.
Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at email@example.com. For more information, visit the IRS’s Report Phishing Web page.
This publication is distributed for informational purposes only, with the understanding that Doeren Mayhew is not rendering legal, accounting, or other professional opinions on specific facts for matters, and, accordingly, assumes no liability whatsoever in connection with its use. Should the reader have any questions regarding any of the news articles, it is recommended that a Doeren Mayhew representative be contacted.
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