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IRS Warns of 'Taxpayer Advocate' E-Mail Phishing Scam

The e-mails are attempting to gather personal information.

Taxpayers have reported a scam coming from an organization claiming to be affiliated with the IRS. (Patch file photo)
Taxpayers have reported a scam coming from an organization claiming to be affiliated with the IRS. (Patch file photo)
By Elizabeth Janney

Taxpayers should be wary of an e-mail phishing scam aimed at collecting people's personal information, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

In the scam, people receive emails referencing the Taxpayer Advocate Service. The e-mails state: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing, contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”

In the e-mail, there's a link to get contact information for the bogus "advocate" assigned to the case with an ask for personal information and a link to review reported income, the IRS warned.

People receiving such emails should not reply or click on any links.

Anyone who receives the message may forward the email to the IRS at atphishing@irs.gov.


TColCPA March 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM
For all those who saw this article: Just a heads up. The IRS DOES NOT EVER email tax notices nor requests payment information via email, not by solicitation phone calls. So, if you ever get an email from "IRS", just delete it. If you ever receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from IRS, just ignore it. If you just aren't sure if it was a legit call - or email, the best thing to do is call the IRS and find out if your tax accounts are current. The generic IRS main phone number is 800-829-1040.

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