The IRS is calling for taxpayers to be alert for scammers who may try to contact them by e-mail, phone, fax or regular letter, pretending to be from the IRS, according to an announcement on Wednesday.
The IRS warns that, “Many of these scams fraudulently use the Internal Revenue Service name or logo as a lure to make the communication more authentic and enticing." In the form of fake IRS e-mail, this is known as phishing.
The goal of these scams is to trick clients into revealing information such as numbers for bank or investment accounts, Social Security, credit card or PIN numbers, or other confidential information. Scammers use the information to commit identity theft, or to steal money from clients, the IRS said.