BiggsKofford has been made aware of an e-mail being sent by identity thieves that impersonates the Internal Revenue Service in an attempt to induce you to provide your personal information. The content of the email is presented below for your reference. The IRS’ stated policy is that it “does not initiate contact with taxpayers by e-mail or any social media tools to request personal or financial information”. Therefore, you should exercise extreme caution when receiving any e-mail purporting to be from the IRS. If you receive such an e-mail now or at any point in the future, the IRS suggests the following:
- Do not reply.
- Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
- Do not click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious e-mail or phishing Web site and entered confidential information, visit the IRS’ identity protection page.
- Forward the e-mail as-is, to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- After you forward the e-mail and/or header information, delete the original email message you received.