There is a new twist on an old tax scam appearing in email inboxes recently. The new phishing exploit uses both IRS and FBI emblems to scare recipients into provide personal information on a downloadable questionnaire. You can read the official warning here.
I like to remind people that the IRS only communicates with taxpayers by postal mail. Sometimes they might send a US Marshal. And the FBI certainly would not be sending an email when they can send a Special Agent.
The image below shows an example of the fake email:
The following is from the IRS web site:
“REMEMBER: The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. In addition, IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action. Recognizing these telltale signs of a phishing or tax scam could save you from becoming a victim. See also: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door“