If you receive an e-mail that claims to be from the IRS and asks you to provide personal and financial information, do not reply to the message, open any attachments or click any links. It is most likely a scam.

Suspicious IRS E-mails

The IRS receives thousands of reports each year from taxpayers who receive suspicious e-mails, phone calls or faxes claiming to be from the IRS and asking for information such as a Social Security number, bank account number or credit card number. The IRS stresses that it does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail, and it never asks for detailed personal or financial information.

Also, please note that the official IRS website is www.irs.gov. If you receive a notification that claims to be from the IRS but directs you to a site that ends in .com, net or .org, do not click the link.

For more information on these phishing schemes, or to report suspicious activity to the IRS, click here.

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