The IRS said it has received more than 900 complaints about the new scam that appears to exclusively target Hotmail users. The suspect websites associated with the scheme have been shut down, but taxpayers should be on the lookout for similar scams.
Individuals who get suspicious-looking emails claiming to be from the IRS should send it to email@example.com and then delete it. The IRS noted that it generally doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers via email to ask for their personal or financial information.
For more information, see “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” page on IRS.gov. The IRS also reminded tax professionals to beware of phishing emails, free offers and other common tricks by scammers. The IRS also advised tax professionals who have data breaches contact the IRS immediately through their Stakeholder Liaison and to see Data Theft Information for Tax Professionals for more details.