Tax refund fraud affected hundreds of thousands of Americans last year, in large part due to security exposures at the IRS itself. Butler IT has already seen emails purporting to be from the IRS and others with the goal being to steal your identity and/or money.  You might see these types of messages in your Butler email and also in your personal email.

Be aware that the IRS will never call you or contact you via email – they will always send initial correspondence to you via snail mail. It is recommended that taxpayers file their taxes as soon as possible during tax season, before a criminal has had a chance to file them, and always be aware of potential tax fraud messages year-round.

For more information on tax refund fraud, click on the links below.

https://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Repeats-Warning-about-Phone-Scams

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/03/thieves-nab-irs-pins-to-hijack-tax-refunds/

 

If you have questions about fraud via email, please contact the IT Help Desk.

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