“Thought you might like this information, ” she says, “if you aren’t already aware.”
Apparently a new phishing scam is hitting email boxes with the insignia of the Taxpayer Advocate Service logo.
We have learned of a new phishing scam in which taxpayers receive emails purporting to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service (and bearing our logo).
The email has a bogus case number and says:
“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.”
The email has a link where the recipient can find contact information for the “advocate” assigned to their case that solicits personal information such as the recipient’s legal name and contact information.
“There’s also a link to review ‘your reported income’ that again solicits this kind of personal information,” says Gary Hanna, veteran representative in the Meridian office of the Department of Labor. “If you get inquiries from taxpayers about these messages, please tell them NOT to click on the link and to forward the email to the IRS’s designated address.”
It’s important to remember plain and simple the IRS is not going to call you on the phone demanding payment. But, it’s annoying nonetheless.