The IRS does not communicate with taxpayers through unsolicited emails. Similarly, they never ask individuals for their personal identification numbers (PIN), passwords or other secret access information for credit and debit cards or other bank accounts.
If you get a suspicious email you should forward it to a special online mailbox that the IRS has created. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the past year, the IRS has identified a number of phishing scams:
- Criminals sending emails purportedly from the Taxpayer Advocate Service.
- Scam artists also used the California wildfires as cover for phishing scams.
- Another scheme claims that the recipient is the target of an IRS criminal investigation.