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Don’t answer that IRS e-mail; it’s a fake

Friday, October 15th, 2010

According to a bulletin released by the Internal Revenue Service, there is currently a phishing scam being perpetrated by identity thieves involving communication between the IRS and taxpayers. It is important to note that the IRS does not communicate with taxpayers through e-mail.

If you receive a notice or letter in the mail from the IRS that leads you to believe someone may have used your Social Security number fraudulently, respond immediately to the name, address and number printed on the IRS notice. Be alert to possible identity theft if the IRS-issued notice or letter states more than one tax return was filed for you, or indicates that you received wages from an employer unknown to you.

An identity thief may also use your Social Security number to file a tax return in order to receive a refund. If the thief files the tax return before you do, the IRS will believe you already filed and received your refund if eligible.

If your SSN is stolen, it may be used by someone else to obtain a job. That employer may use your SSN to report income earned to the IRS, making it appear that you did not report all of your income on your tax return.

If either is the case, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490.

If your tax records are not currently affected by identity theft, but you believe you may be at risk due to a lost or stolen wallet, questionable credit card activity, credit report or other activity, you will need to provide the IRS with proof of your identity. You should submit a copy of your federal- or state-issued identification, such as your Social Security card, driver’s license or passport, along with a copy of the police report and a completed IRS identity theft affidavit, Form 14039. You can submit these to the IRS by mailing them to P.O. Box 9030, Andover, MA 01810-0939 or by fax at 1-978-247-9965.