Internal Revenue Service Scam Email
IRS Phishing Scam
Of all the spam I received this morning, I believe the Internal Revenue Service will catch most people out. Don’t click on the link - this IRS email is a scam!
The email appears to have been sent from Internal Revenue Service [firstname.lastname@example.org] (which ofcourse it doesn’t) and the subject line reads “Notice of Underreported Income” The IRS email reads:
Taxpayer ID: reports-00000174073547US
Tax Type: INCOME TAX
Issue: Unreported/Underreported Income (Fraud Application)
Please review your tax statement on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website (click on the link below):
review tax statement for taxpayer id: reports-00000174073547US
Internal Revenue Service
It’s so obviously a phishing scam - hoping to glean some of your personal information from you - although it may just catch out some older and non-IT-savvy taxpayers - particularly if they are worried that they may have been caught dodging taxes!
The IRS don’t send emails
As far as I am aware, the only way the internal revenue service will contact you is by phone or telephone and even then that is a rare occurrence. They certainly never send emails out to someone without using the sender’s name and identifying themselves on the email with contact details. Most importantly - the IRS will never ask you to complete a form via email!
If you hover the mouse over the link on the email, you’ll see that the form goes to a website with the European domain name hyu11hep.eu - not an address likely to be used by the Internal Revenue Service! Don’t even follow the link, delete the email immediately!
This is a phishing scam and if you receive a copy of this, or any other similar IRS scam emails, we’d be interested to hear about them. Have a mighty fine day!