Special Alert: Phishing Scams on the Rise

Special Alert: Phishing Scams on the Rise

April 11, 2016

Don’t automatically believe the Internal Revenue Service or other government agency is calling you – even if your caller ID tells you so. And don’t assume that just because you receive an email claiming to be from the IRS, it really is.

The Internal Revenue Service and the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) are warning taxpayers to be especially vigilant – not only during tax season, but also throughout the year. Sophisticated telephone and email scams are on the rise, using so-called “phishing†campaigns to obtain sensitive personal information from unsuspecting individuals.

In some states, for example, one popular scam involves using a bogus Treasurer’s Office caller ID and phoning people to tell them there is a complaint against them or they owe taxes that must be paid at once.

The IRS and CERT urge everyone to be on guard. The IRS, as well as state treasurers’ offices, never initiates contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or phone. Be especially wary of any request for PIN numbers, passwords or related access information for credit cards, banks and other financial accounts.

More information about popular scams, how to avoid being a victim and how to report suspicious communications is available at: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST15-001.

To learn how REDW can assist your organization with Tax matters, please contact Jimmy Trujillo or Sandy Abalos.

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