Since there is a new set of phishing emails saying they’re from the IRS going around, a quick reminder. The IRS does not, repeat, does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email. No, not ever. They will send you a letter.
In my inbox this morning was an email that said it was from firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line said that there was a complaint against me. Scary; a complaint and it’s from the IRS. But it’s not as scary as what might happen if I downloaded the rest of the message. A phishing scheme like this could contain a virus or request confidential information. So, don’t do anything but trash it.
The IRS has a lot of information of their website about phishing and what you can do if you receive an email that says it’s from them. The first line on the Phishing page is:
The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.
If you receive one, or more, of the latest phishing emails that say they are from the IRS (I’ve received 5 today), use their website to let the IRS know but don’t panic and most especially don’t open or download or respond anything on that email.