Beware of scams artists using the IRS or USA.gov identities!
Besides death and taxes one thing that can be counted on is that as tax season rolls around scammers and con artist come out of the wood work.
Scammers are using the USA.gov name as part of an e-mail phishing scam to collect
personal information from unsuspecting taxpayers on a fake IRS website.
Remember the IRS o any other entity using “USA.gov” will never contact you to request your personal information!
If your receive an e-mail that’s supposedly from a government program, no matter how legitimate it seems, do no respond before doing the following:
- Step 1: Double check any offers or demands by contacting the agency mentioned in the claim.
- Step 2: Use the contact information listed in the USA.gov Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies to contact the agency and not the contact information provided in the e-mail.
- Step 3: Forward tax related phishing e-mails to the IRS at .