IRS warns Vermonters to be on the lookout for tax scams

BURLINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service is warning Vermonters about an email scam with the subject line “Notice of Tax Return for Year 2012.”

The IRS warns the email is a phishing attempt and recipients should not respond to it or click on any links in the email.

IRS receives thousands of reports every year from taxpayers who receive emails out-of-the-blue claiming to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name or logo to make the message appear authentic so you will respond to it. In reality, it is a scam known as “phishing,” attempting to trick you into revealing your personal and financial information. The criminals then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money.

Here are five key points about phishing scams.

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or social media channels to request personal or financial information; never asks for detailed personal and financial information like PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts; the address of the official IRS website is www.irs.gov.

Do not be misled by sites claiming to be the IRS but end: .com, .net, .org or anything other than .gov.

If you receive a phone call, fax or letter in the mail from an individual claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee, contact the IRS at (800) 829-1040 to determine if the IRS has a legitimate need to contact you. Report any bogus correspondence. Forward a suspicious email to phishing@irs.gov;

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