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Beware of new phishing scheme

The IRS has recently become aware of a new phishing scheme designed to steal taxpayer’s personal information. The emails contain a link to a fake IRS website asking visitors to enter their personal information to receive a unique PIN.

If you receive an email claiming to be from the IRS:

  1. Do not reply to the email or click on the link.
  2. Report all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS to

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.

Victims of tax-related identify theft should visit the IRS phishing website and select Complaint Assistant to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

Contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit to secure your account if you think you might be at risk of identity theft. The IPSU is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time (Pacific Time for Alaska and Hawaii) toll-free at 800-908-4490.

Complete an IRS Identity Theft Affidavit, Form 14039 (.pdf). Be sure to write legibly and follow the instructions on the back of the form.

Learn more about protecting yourself from identity theft and phishing scams on

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 15-Jan-2015