The IRS reminds taxpayers that the agency does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or text messages to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar information for credit cards, banks and other financial accounts.
This is important for everyone to remember because thieves often pose as the IRS to get taxpayers to turn over personal information in a scam called phishing. Phishing is typically carried out through unsolicited emails or websites.
Here’s what a taxpayer should do if they see a suspicious communication from the IRS:
If someone clicks on a link in a phishing email or text, or on a site they believe is bogus, they can visit the identity protection page for more information on steps to take to protect their information.
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