Criminals are not only filing bogus tax returns using other people’s identification, they are also stealing the “look” of the IRS to phish for additional financial information from taxpayers.
The IRS has made numerous announcements in the past to help protect taxpayers from these scams. It repeats the message that it will never use an e-mail, text message, or social media to initiate a contact about your tax information.
If you receive what looks like an official IRS e-mail, you should forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not reply to the sender, and do not open any attachments.