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IRS unreported-underreported income email scam

Posted in Crime Prevention September 10th, 2009 @ 9:20 am

There is an IRS unreported-underreported income email scam floating around the Internet. Don’t be fooled by this scam. Simply delete the email address.

Here is the content of the email:

Taxpayer ID: xxx-00000174073547US
Tax Type: INCOME TAX
Issue: Unreported/Underreported Income (Fraud Application)
Please review your tax statement on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website (click on the link below): review tax statement for taxpayer id: XXX-00000174073547US Internal Revenue Service

This fake email notice allegedly from the IRS is about underreported income. At first, it looks like a legitimate IRS Notice called a CP2000, which would provide you with a legitimate contact at the IRS. However, it is nothing more than a phishing scam.

These low-life criminals are looking to get your IRS login ID and password to steal your identity. With this information, they can take out online cash loans in your name and run up a hefty bill for you to pay. In addition, they can change your tax filing to show that you are owed a tax refund. Of course, they will arrange for the tax refund to be sent to them, not you. You are responsible for any overpayment you receive from the IRS. And we all know, that the IRS are not forgiving people. They will aggressively go after you for the money.

The only way the IRS will contact you via email is if you contact them first. The IRS will never ask for personal information such as login ID, password, Social Security number etc, via email. Just as all the other phishing scams, such as the inheritance from someone in Nigeria, or a US soldier who “needs help” to bring some large amount of cash into the US, these are scammers just waiting to take your money and identity.

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