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If / Then Scenarios for Taxpayers Who Get Phished

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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:

Email

If Someone receives an email claiming to be from the IRS that contains a request for personal information…
Then the recipient should:

Website

If someone discovers a website that claims to be the IRS but the user suspects it is bogus…
Then they should:

Text Message

If someone receives an unsolicited text message claiming to be from the IRS…
Then the recipient should:

  • Not reply.
  • Not open any attachments.
  • Not click on any links.
  • Forward the text as-is to the IRS at 202-552-1226. Standard text messaging rates apply.
  • If possible, in a separate text, forward the originating number to the agency at 202-552-1226
  • Delete the original text.

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.

Source: IRS

Alfredo Gaxiola has worked on numerous IRS problem cases and has successfully settled with the IRS to release liens on houses, bank accounts and wages and, if needed, setting a payment installment plan that is not burdensome for the client. He has conducted appeals before the U.S. Tax Court and obtained favorable resolutions in reducing the tax debt of his clients. Mr. Gaxiola served as Treasurer of Camara de Empresarios Latinos, one of the largest and strongest Hispanic organizations in the city of Houston. He has conducted financial and accounting seminars for the Houston Small Business Development Corporation, as well.

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