IRS scam noted
Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012 1:48 pm
The Messenger, February 24, 2012
Scammers have targeted an area resident in a scheme related to the filing of income tax. The resident received an email notice, purportedly from the Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury announcing a penalty had been imposed for failure to file an income tax return prior to Jan. 31. The notice hints that a substantial penalty will be imposed unless proof is offered that the failure was caused by “substantial reasons.” The local resident’s notice then directed the recipient to go to an “official site” for more information.
According to an article in the January 2012 issue of The Tennessee Magazine, “even though the IRS has gone electronic and encourages e-filing and e-payment of taxes, the IRS will never initiate contact with you by email. Unsolicited emails that appear to be from the IRS are usually dangerous identity-theft scams.”
The article further encourages those who receive email notices claiming to be generated by the IRS to contact the IRS to determine if there is any authenticity to the email. The IRS toll-free number if 1-800-829-1040.