IRS Warns That Scammers May Time E-mails to Try to Trick Filers - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

IRS Warns That Scammers May Time E-mails to Try to Trick Filers

THE FOLLOWING IS A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE IRS.

NASHVILLE -- Most people are aware that the April 15 tax filing deadline has just passed. The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that scammers are aware, too, and may send official-looking e-mails to phish for private information.

"The IRS doesn't ever send e-mails about your taxes," said IRS spokesman Dan Boone. "If you filed your tax return recently, don't let a scam e-mail trick you into thinking the IRS is contacting you about it."

Boone said nearly 72 percent of Alabamians e-filed their returns last year, and because electronic tax filing is so common, people may wrongly assume the IRS will contact them online about their taxes.  But the IRS never sends private taxpayer information by e-mail and will never ask for it that way, he said.

"If you filed electronically, you probably will get a confirmation e-mail from your tax software company but not directly from the IRS," Boone said.

According to Boone, phishing is close to the top of the IRS' 2010 Dirty Dozen Tax Scams list and these scam e-mails often are very convincing. They may say that a review of your taxes that has resulted in a refund or they may threaten you with an audit or investigation if you fail to respond. They may even include your name.

Boone also cautioned that clicking on links in scam e-mails or opening attachments may expose your computer to malicious code that will infect it.

Information is available at www.IRS.gov about how to assist the IRS in battling these scammers by forwarding the scam e-mails to the agency with the encoding still intact. Important information is also available for anyone who has responded to a scam e-mail by giving out private information.

Taxpayers are encouraged to read the entire 2010 Dirty Dozen Tax Scams list at IRS.gov so as not to become victims of or unintended participants in a tax scam.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • Homeless man gets makeover from big-hearted cops

    Homeless man gets makeover from big-hearted cops

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 2:44 PM EDT2017-04-25 18:44:10 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 3:49 PM EDT2017-04-25 19:49:50 GMT

    Police officers in Rome, NY, went the extra mile to give back to their community, helping one in need.

    More >>

    Police officers in Rome, NY, went the extra mile to give back to their community, helping one in need.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly