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  • Internal Revenue Service warns of new email phishing scam

  • The Internal Revenue Service and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden are warning taxpayers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam.
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  • The Internal Revenue Service and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden are warning taxpayers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam.
    The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service, an agency within the IRS that helps people resolve their tax issues.
    The fraudulent messages often include a bogus case number, as well as the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing, contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”
    Recipients of the email are directed to click on links that supposedly provide information about the “advocate”, assigned to their case, or let them “review reported income.”
    The links, instead, lead to web pages that solicit personal information.
    An IRS spokeswoman said the agency does not communicate with taxpayers through e-mail.
    Taxpayers who receive one of these messages should not click the links or respond. Instead they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.
    Delawareans who receive unsolicited phone calls, e-mails, or other messages that they believe may be a scam should report those communications to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-220-5424 or sending an email to consumer.protection@state.de.us.

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