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Email Phishing and Malware

February 23, 2016

The IRS has reported a fourfold increase in email phishing and malware incidents already this tax season. 

These emails are created to trick taxpayers into believing that they have received an official notice from the IRS or possibly even tax preparation & software companies.  There have also been reports that the scammers are now trying to make contact with taxpayers via text message.  Oftentimes, these messages are requesting information relating to things such as filing status, ordering IRS transcripts, refunds and/or personal information. 

Please, if anyone contacts you requesting personal information, either via the telephone, email or text, do not submit to their demands.  The IRS will not contact you via telephone, let alone via text or email, without mailing you an official notice first.  Report suspicious emails, from either the IRS e-services portal or an organization closely linked to the IRS, directly to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

Do not hesitate to call the office at 541.388.7888 if you have any questions or concerns.

   

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