FAQ - The IRS Audit and Related Scams
I received an email that said I was going to be audited and had to fill out a questionaire within 48 hours or suffer prosecution. Is this legit?
No. It is a hoax. Someone is trying to steal your identity.
Here is what the IRS says:
What You Can Do to Report Phishing, E-mail Scams and Bogus IRS Web SitesP>
What You Can Do to Report Phishing, E-mail Scams and Bogus IRS Web Sites If you receive an unsolicited e-mail communication claiming to be from the IRS, please forward the original message to: email@example.com using the instructions provided below. You may not receive an individual response to your e-mail because of the volume of reports we receive each day. The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail. In addition, the IRS does not request detailed personal information through e-mail or ask taxpayers for the PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Do not open any attachments to questionable e-mails, which may contain malicious code that will infect your computer. Please be advised that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers via e-mails.
For further information, visit the IRS.gov website for current instructions on where to forward these phishes and scams.http://www.irs.gov/privacy/article/0,,id=179820,00.html
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Document #: 286 Author: Cynthia Senicka
Last Modified by: Cynthia Senicka on 04/16/2008