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Taxpayers urged to be on alert for IRS impersonators

Jan 29, 2016
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has urged taxpayers to remain on “high alert” and announced additional outreach efforts to prevent them from falling victim to criminals who impersonate Internal Revenue Service and Treasury employees this filing season. There have been thousands of reports of contact every month in while individuals fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials make unsolicited calls and “robocalls” to taxpayers demanding that they send them money.
 
TIGTA encourages taxpayers to be alert to phone and email scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by email, text, or any social media. You should forward scam emails to phishing@irs.gov. Do not open any attachments or click on any links in those emails.
 
TIGTA’s expanded outreach initiative includes video public service announcements in English and Spanish warning of the scam, as well as getting the word out through traditional law enforcement channels and direct outreach to associations, nongovernmental organizations and the media. 
 
Click here to read the entire TIGTA press release. Read more about tax scams on the official IRS website at www.irs.gov.
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