Beware of Phishing Scam, Says IRS

The Internal Revenue Service warns that Department of Defense military members, retirees and civilian employees need to be cautious of a new phishing scam that many have received through email. The email, according to reports, appears to come from the Finances and Accounting division of the Department. The IRS warns the public not to be fooled by the .mil address that the emails displays, nor by the claim that those receiving benefits from Veteran’s Affairs (VA) may be eligible for additional benefits from the IRS.

The emails are said to request various forms of documentation from the VA and the IRS such as VA Award information or income tax returns. The individuals are then asked to send that information to an address in Florida. The information requested is more than enough to steal identities, empty out bank accounts, and defraud unsuspecting individuals tied to the Department of Defense.

The IRS spokesperson Michael Devine firmly reminded the public that “the IRS does not send unsolicited emails to taxpayers and never asks for personal and financial information such as PIN numbers, passwords, or similar secret information for financial accounts.” The IRS does not send unsolicited emails to taxpayers and never asks for personal and financial information such as PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret information for financial accountsThe IRS does not send unsolicited emails to taxpayers and never asks for personal and financial information such as PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret information for financial accountsThe IRS does not send unsolicited emails to taxpayers and never asks for personal and financial information such as PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret information for financial accountsThe IRS does not send unsolicited emails to taxpayers and never asks for personal and financial information such as PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret information for financial accounts

As always, if you are debating the legitimacy of any communications from the IRS, please contact your knowledgeable tax professional.

 

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