IRS Warns of E-mail Phishing Scam


As your trusted advisor, we at Rice, Sullivan + Co. strive to keep you informed of any news and alerts, positive or negative, which may affect your organization. It was recently brought to our attention that "Phishers" are up to their antics again, sending out e-mail notices that appear to be from the IRS. Since many of us find the federal tax filing process complicated, confusing and even intimidating, many of us would also tend to open e-mails and click on links if we receive emails that appear to be from the federal agency.

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NOTE: The IRS never offers refunds through e-mail or sends unsolicited e-mails to taxpayers. When the IRS needs to contact a taxpayer, it sends notices via U.S. mail, and every such notice includes a telephone number that recipients can call for confirmation. Should you need to visit the IRS website for any reason, go there directly (by entering the URL into your web browser) rather than following links in e-mail messages.
The IRS says about such e-mails that:
The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail. In addition, the IRS does not request detailed personal information through e-mail or ask taxpayers for their PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for their credit card, bank or other financial accounts.

Do not open any attachments to questionable e-mails, as they may contain malicious code that will infect your computer. Again, please be advised that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers via e-mail.

The EFTPS Website also states that:
The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) values your privacy and security and will never attempt to contact you via e-mail. If you ever receive an e-mail that claims to be from EFTPS, or from a sender you do not recognize that mentions a payment made through the EFTPS, forward the e-mail to or call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at 618-233-0186.