PROTECT YOURSELF FROM IDENTITY THEFT

fight waste, fraud, abuse, and identity theft – especially in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Unfortunately, since identity theft and fraudulent transactions are growing challenges for the agency and our district, I want to share with you some additional information about phishing to ensure that you do not become a victim of identity theft.

First and foremost, never give out information like your Social Security number, birth date, or passwords over the phone.  It is important to remember that the IRS never contacts taxpayers by phone, email, text message, or social media.  In fact, the IRS always sends postal mail, on official letterhead, to your mailing address.  This includes all questions about your taxes.  Most banks and credit card companies have similar procedures in place.

Please keep a cautious eye out for phishing and scams.  Phishing is a common tool identity thieves use to steal your private information.  They can do this on the Internet or over the phone:

  • You might get an email or visit a website that looks real but is designed to lure you into giving out sensitive information; or
  • You might receive a phone call from someone pretending to be an IRS agent in order to steal your personal information.

Please report all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS-related function to phishing@irs.gov.  Recent scams have used the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to attract potential victims.  Also, if you’ve experienced any monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident, please report it to theTreasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA) and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complaint Assistant to make the information available to investigators.

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