BOSTON -- The Internal Rev enue Service has issued a warning about a new tax scam that mimics the IRS e-Services online registration page.
The actual IRS e-Services page offers web-based products for tax preparers, not the general public. The phony IRS web page looks almost identical to the real one.
Those who find a suspicious website that claims to be the IRS can send the site’s email by URL to email@example.com. Use the subject line, ‘suspicious website.’ Unsolicited emails that appear to be from the IRS can also be reported by also sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IRS receives many reports of fake websites. Criminals use them to lure people into providing personal and financial information that may be used to steal the victim’s money or identity.
Be aware that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages or social media channels.
The IRS has information at www.irs.gov that can help people protect themselves from tax scams of all kinds. You can search the site by using the term, "phishing."