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Tax Refund Fraud Alert

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IRS issues warning about bogus e-mails

It’s tax season, and the identity thieves are once again sending out bogus IRS e-mails trying to get you to provide your personal and financial information.

The crooks create IRS e-mails and websites that appear to be legitimate, but they are schemes designed to steal your identity. One of the newest scams is tax refund fraud where your personal data is stolen and used to file a tax return in your name in order to claim a refund. Thieve

When you then file your return, the IRS rejects it and notifies you that you have already filed.

Here’s what the IRS wants you to know about bogus e-mails:

  • The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by e-mail or social media to request financial information.
  • The IRS never asks taxpayers for detailed personal and financial information.
  • The address of the official IRS website is www.irs.gov;  don’t be misled by sites claiming to be the IRS but ending in .com, .net, .org, or anything else.
  • If you receive an e-mail claiming to be from the IRS or directing you to an IRS site, do not reply to the message, open any attachments, or click on any links.

To help the IRS fight identity theft and refund fraud, report any bogus correspondence and forward any suspicious e-mail to phishing@irs.gov.

About Dave Heistein
Dave Heistein is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California. He is a San Diego CPA, as well as an advanced QuickBooks Pro Advisor and Instructor. As a small business owner, he is dedicated to educating and informing other business owners on bookkeeping, accounting and tax matters.

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