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 [] (which ofcourse it doesn’t) and the subject line reads “Notice of Underreported Income” The IRS email reads:

Taxpayer ID: reports-00000174073547US
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 - 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!

25 Responses to “Internal Revenue Service Scam Email”

Lee Says:

I received one of these today too. You’re right it’s not convincing, especially as I’m a UK citizen, but it’s never nice to see the words “tax” and “underreported” in the same message! :-) Fewer people will be scammed by it because of notices like yours put into the public domain. Keep up the good work.

michael Says:

My wife got one of these too! And almost got sucked in! Thanks for your post!

Arjo Gupta Says:

I got one today :(
Earlier was very tensed to see that mail..
Then searched google and saw this post.
Thanks :) for the info.

lee Says:

Interestingly we are all called LEE. I received 3 emails today, 1 in my junk box mail and 2 in the Inbox and like others it did make me worry ‘what do they know I don’t!’, yep I’m one of the older idiots that don’t know scams from real. But, I didn’t open them, checked the No out on the Internet and hit your page; thank you for posting the info, I can sleep soundly tonight without worry. Lee

Jane K. Says:

I received this email today. As an enrolled agent working for a CPA firm, I know that it is a phishing scam, but I know a lot of clients who would click on the link.

thundrio Says:

my parents were checking there email and in it was this scam email unfortunately by the time i figured out that they were looking at something suspicous and went over to check they had clicked on the link (but no personal info was entered) i closed the window right away and disabled the wireless. i need to know what i should do to get rid of any possible viruses that downloaded on to the computer. thanks a lot for any help.

There are lots of good pieces of virus scan products out there, but if you are looking for a free, effective online scan, try Panda at BM

Cath L Says:

I received this email today BUT to my work email which obviously would not be the first point of contact from any revenue service. It did however panic me a little until I sourced your site. Obviously not genuine!

E Wright Says:

This is the third email I have received at my office. I called the IRS the first time, but the email address, they advised I forward the email to them. When I attempted to forward it to the, the message returned. So now I’m just setting it up to automatically delete this message. Any other suggestions? Just ignore them and don’t worry about it. They haven’t singled you out, they send out to tens of thousands of addresses a minute and don’t know who any of them are. BM

Jeff Says:

BM - PLEASE - for the sake of ‘older’ and non-tech-savvy patrons - ALWAYS clarify the distinction between a Free Antivirus SCANNER and one that actually “disinfects.” The older and/or non-tech-savvy folks may take your comment on Panda to mean that it will protect & disinfect them - NOT TRUE. Only the “paid” version actually “protects & disinfects;” the ‘free’ version simply ’scans’ and says, “You have this infection” - it does NOTHING to block or clean any infection(s).

Granted, you did say, “…free, effective online [scan]” but still, that is not clear enough - because non-tech-savvy folks are quite likely to assume an AV ’scanner’ = an AV disinfectant. Thanks.
Thanks for claryfying that Jeff. BM

Sean Says:

I have received over 50 of these emails. I just got 2 in the last 5 minutes…I think this can be traced back to facebook applications.. someone harvested my email address from there and my spam went through the roof… never use a good email address for facebook! You will regret it!!!

Anonymous Says:

I saw this mail yesterday in my mailbox, luckly I didn’t trust it and Google’d it :-)

Kat Says:

I got one today, saying i was owed a tax refund of $550, due to the fact that i know exactly that i’m owed nothing in tax,it became apparent it was a scam once i read it was from IRS, which doesn’t exist here in Australia, lol, if i was a US citizen, maybe if i was working i might have fallen for it but for the fact there was no name or contact, very unprofession letter to say the least, i hope no US citizen will fall for it.

salary calculator Says:

Found this page posted on the discussion board that my spouse and I run and suspected it was spam but luckily we still checked it and now I have been reading your site for 40 minutes :) Says:

When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the identical comment. Is there any approach you can remove me from that service? Thanks! A phantom button has appeared on the site! Where did you see the Notify me button on the blog? You’ve either written to the wrong blog, or you are one of these sneaky wee spambastards that just writes anything in a comment hoping to get a link? Which is it? :) BM

Gracia Holster Says:

FEBUARY 6th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!!! STEEELERS!!! Wooh! We just love you Americans in the UK - You are so………….. wooooooh! Oh yes, and like the your nation’s involvement in the second world war, you’re a bit late with this post! Not that I’m not grateful for the deep and meaningful, on-topic insight into my article. Thanks ever so much. :) BM

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Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor. So what? BM

aptsarizona Says:

Your writing has inspired me to totally rethink the way I write. I really appreciate all your hard work. So, you’re not going to be a spambastard anymore then? :)

carrieann Says:

I just got one of these e-mails, thank god for these posts. They are still out there.

Russell Says:

I just received a email purporting to be from the IRS. It has an attachment that I did not open. I believe it is a “phishing” attempt by some entity. Glad I googled it.

Grace Says:

I received one in the company general e-mail this morning. Since we do not deal with IRS in the US, I decided to check to see if it is spam…. thanks for confirming this is indeed SPAM.

Subject: Federal Tax payment rejected
Sent date: 09/29/2011 09:34:51 AM

Your federal Tax transaction (ID: 35998699468020), recently sent from your checking account was rejected by the The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System.

Using the Electronic Filing PIN
After you get your Electronic Filing PIN, enter it in the “Electronic Filing PIN” field when filing your return. The Electronic Filing PIN is a temporary PIN used by the IRS to verify your identity when you e-file. Keep a copy of your signed tax return for your records.

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Rajendrakumar k Says:

Good to read from you, Frontier Investment LLC is a reputable and
credible financial institution here in UK. Our funding scheme is very flexible and customer convenient, please note that all international loans (secured and unsecured) must be registered with the British Internal Revenue Service and this loan registration attracts a fee which must be paid by the borrower upon the approval of the loan. This is according to the governing law of the Country.
Best Regards
Mr. Bryant Emerson (CEO) Frontier Investment LLC
Is it a correct answer?
Sorry, but I don’t understand what you are asking me? If you are asking if I know if Frontier Investment LLC exists or if this is a scam, I have to say that I have not heard of Frontier Investment LLC, but I would be very careful before you part with any money. There is no such thing as an LLC in the UK, the equivelant in a Limited Company. On top of that you need to register with the FSA in the UK, in order to loan money and this company doesn’t appear to be registered. If it looks like a scam and smells like a scam, the chances are that it is a scam. Best to avoid Frontier Investment LLC.

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