The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Security Summit partners in state and national tax communities continue to remind US taxpayers and tax professionals to be vigilant in not falling for IRS-themed phishing scams and schemes aimed at stealing sensitive information.
“This is phishing on an industrial scale so thousands of people can be at risk of receiving these scam messages,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “In recent months, the IRS has reported multiple large-scale smishing campaigns that have delivered thousands – and even hundreds of thousands – of IRS-themed messages in hours or a few days, far exceeding previous levels of activity.”
The IRS has taken numerous steps to warn people of this ongoing threat, including posting a video about how to avoid IRS text message scams. The IRS does not ever send e-mails or text messages asking for personal and financial information or account numbers. Unexpected fake COVID relief offers, tax credit messages, or assistance setting up IRS online account offers from the IRS should be viewed as red flags for taxpayers.
“Particularly in these cases, the best offense is a good defense,” said Rettig. “Taxpayers and tax pros need to remain constantly vigilant with suspicious IRS-related emails and text messages. And if you get one, sending the IRS key details from the text can help us disrupt the scams and protect others.”
Reporting smishing scams to the IRS instructions follow:
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