The IRS wants taxpayers and tax professionals alike to be vigilant about potential tax scams as tax season winds down. The IRS noticed a spike in phishing (a form of internet fraud) email scams Thursday and Friday that sought to steal the usernames and passwords for IRS e-Services of tax professionals. The subject lines are generally related to e-Services closures, the agency said. Examples of subject lines are as follows:
- Account Closure!
- e-Service Account is Blocked
- Few Hours to Close Your Account
- Your Account is Closed
- Your Account is Terminated
- 24Hrs to Block Your Account
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported in 2016 that scammers have contacted more than 1 million people since 2013, and more than 6,700 people have collectively been scammed for more than $38 million.
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