IRS Warns Taxpayers About New Email Phishing Scam

The IRS wants to warn you about a new email phishing scam that aims to trick you into opening an attachment that is secretly a Trojan Horse. the Trojen Horse that can give control of your computer over to the scammers. You, obviously, do not want this to happen.

From the IRS:

The e-mail purporting to be from IRS Criminal Investigation falsely states that the person is under a criminal probe for submitting a false tax return to the California Franchise Board. The e-mail seeks to entice people to click on a link or open an attachment to learn more information about the complaint against them. The IRS warned people that the e-mail link and attachment is a Trojan Horse that can take over the person’s computer hard drive and allow someone to have remote access to the computer.

The IRS urged people not to click the link in the e-mail or open the attachment.

Similar e-mail variations suggest a customer has filed a complaint against a company and the IRS can act as an arbitrator. The latest versions appear aimed at business taxpayers as well as individual taxpayers.

The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails or ask for detailed personal and financial information. Additionally, the IRS never asks people for the PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank or other financial accounts.

“Everyone should beware of these scam artists,” said Kevin M. Brown, Acting IRS Commissioner. “Always exercise caution when you receive unsolicited e-mails or e-mails from senders you don’t know.”

Anyone who receives a phishing email is invited to forward the suspicious email to the IRS and help in their investigation: phishing@irs.gov —MEGHANN MARCO

IRS Warns Taxpayers of New E-mail Scams [IRS]

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  1. Kornkob says:

    Did someone give the editor the day off?

    Trojen Horse than can give…

  2. ARPRINCE says:

    Yup I did! He’s baby sitting for me right now. He’ll be back tomorrow, I promise you. ;)

  3. RandomHookup says:

    Actually this post was composed by some kid in Nigeria as a means to trick you into surrendering your valuable Gawker login info.

  4. Meg Marco says:

    Oh, bite me, both of you. =)

  5. d0x says:

    I keep getting emails from some company wanting me to take a tax survey about how great they did on my taxes…only I have never heard of them. The emails come from

    wclark@greenfield.com

    any ideas?

  6. IRSistherootofallevil says:

    And they keep going after people that don’t pay their taxes, over whom they have no jurisdiction whatsoever. Internal Revenue Code only refers to TAXPAYERS, and makes no mention that they have any jurisdiction over NONPAYERS.

    Another reason to NOT trust the government….why? They have their heads up their asses. Plain and simple.

  7. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Am I the only one that sees the irony in this? The IRS warning people of scams?

    “We’re the IRS, and WE are the only ones that can take your money, seize your assets and garnish your wages! Beware of imitators!”

  8. kingofmars says:

    If you think your identity has been stolen just post your Social Security Number, date of birth, home address, and one major credit card number right here in this post. Consumerist will run a check and tell you if your information has been stolen.