Boundless Tax & the IRS are warning taxpayers and tax professionals about a new IRS impersonation scam campaign spreading nationally by email.
This new scam was detected as taxpayers began notifying the IRS about unsolicited emails from IRS imposters. The email subject line may vary, but recent examples use the phrase “Automatic Income Tax Reminder” or “Electronic Tax Return Reminder.”
The emails have links that show an IRS.gov-like website with details pretending to be about the taxpayer’s refund, electronic return or tax account. The emails contain a “temporary password” or “one-time password” to access the files to submit the refund. But when taxpayers try to access these, it turns out to be a malicious file.
“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.”IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig speaks about the newest IRS e-mail impersonation scam.
This new scam uses dozens of compromised websites and web addresses that pose as IRS.gov, making it a challenge to shut down. By infecting computers with malware, these imposters may gain control of the taxpayer’s computer. They may even secretly download software that tracks every keystroke, eventually giving them passwords to sensitive accounts.
The IRS, state tax agencies, and the tax industry have made progress in their efforts to fight fraud. But people remain vulnerable to scams by IRS imposters sending fake emails or harassing phone calls.
The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.
The IRS also doesn’t call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method. Scammers use payment methods such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.