FAQ - The IRS Audit and Related Scams

Problem:

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?

Solution:

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: phishing@irs.gov 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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Category: Viruses and Security     Platform: Not Applicable
Document #: 286     Author: Cynthia Senicka    
Last Modified by: Cynthia Senicka on 04/16/2008