Internal Revenue Service USA Scam - A Scammer is Phishing for Your Identity

Phishing / Identity Theft Scams Appearing to Come From a Government Agency
The Internal Revenue Service USA Scam

If you received an email like the one below, that looks very authentic, like it came from the IRS, or you received a phone call about the same subject, beware. It is an attempt to get you to enter confidential information (typically a social security number, name, address, bank account information, etc., to allow the scammers to steal your identity and open credit cards in your name.

This email was not sent by the IRS, it came from No government agency, including the IRS uses hotmail addresses. This is referred to as spoofing (making a fake email that looks legitimate, "phishing" (when by email) or "vishing" (when by telephone). If you receive an email similar to the one below, DO NOT respond to it, nor click on any links, and do not enter any information on the forms there.

Remember, no real government agency would send you an email or a phone call requesting your personal account information. You would only receive a formal letter by the postal service. Any such email you receive asking for this information should be considered phony and brought to the attention of the business being 'phished'.

Anytime you need to go to a website for your government actions, like tax filing, tax refunds or other personal, financial or confidential information; do not follow a link in an email; just type their address in your browser directly (such as )

Below are actual phishing emails that started circulating in 2013. We removed the links to  the phisher's email address, which is

See this page for the IRS's top taxscams for 2013.

----- Forwarded message -----

--- On Fri, 5/3/13, IRS Commissioner <> wrote:

From: IRS Commissioner <>
Subject: Internal Revenue Service USA
Date: Friday, May 3, 2013, 9:56 PM

Internal Revenue Service

Washington D.C USA.





Be informed that we have resolved every requirement concerning the release of your worth $10.5 Million US Dollars which came from Africa. The USA government has mandated the FBI to sign the fund release bond. So you are free of any more requirements from the FBI. Get back to us so that we can advice you on how to receive the fund.


Note that the government requires you to receive this fund so that we can get the Tax from the fund after the transfer into your account. So to avoid charging you for tax evasion it is most important that you pick up this fund immediately.


Respond immediately to receive your funds. Do also confirm the following to this office for proper communication.


Your Full Name:

Your Full Address:

Your Telephone Number:

Your Weekly Income OR monthly Income


Awaiting for your urgent reply.




Steven Miller

IRS Commissioner

Washington D.C,


What is Phishing?

Phishing is an attempt by an individual or group to solicit personal information from unsuspecting users by employing social engineering techniques. Phishing emails are crafted to appear as if they have been sent from a legitimate organization or known individual. These emails often attempt to entice users to click on a link that will take the user to a fraudulent website that appears legitimate. The user then may be asked to provide personal information such as account usernames and passwords that can further expose them to future compromises. Additionally, these fraudulent websites may contain malicious code.

Learn More About Phishing

The following documents and websites can help you learn more about phishing and how to protect yourself against phishing attacks.

Methods of Reporting Phishing Email to US-CERT

  • In Outlook Express, you can create a new message and drag and drop the phishing email into the new message. Address the message to  and send it.
  • In Outlook Express you can also open the email message* and select File > Properties > Details. The email headers will appear. You can copy these as you normally copy text and include it in a new message .
  • If you cannot forward the email message, at a minimum, please send the URL of the phishing website.

* If the suspicious mail in question includes a file attachment, it is safer to simply highlight the message and forward it. Some configurations, especially in Windows environments, may allow the execution of arbitrary code upon opening and viewing a malicious email message.

For more information about phishing, see this page.

Recommendations- What to do:

  • Only open email or IM attachments that come from a trusted source and that are expected
  • Use an anti-virus/anti-spam package (we recommend Norton 360 or Norton Internet Security scan all attachments prior to opening. Click here to see Norton 360 2013 on .
  • Delete the messages without opening any attachments
  • Do not click on links in emails that come from people you do not know and trust, even if it looks like it comes from a company you know.
  • Keep your anti-virus software up to date
  • Keep your operating system up to date with current security patches. Click here for an article that describes how to do this.


How to Report all types of tax scams:

How Do You Report Suspected Tax Fraud Activity?

If You'



'suspect someone stole your identity and used your SSN for employment purposes or could use your SSN to file a tax return

Use Form 14039*


*Spanish version:Form 14039SP

Complete the form online, print it and mail or fax to the appropriate office using the options listed on page 2 of the form. Include photocopies of at least one of the documents listed on the form to verify your identity.  For additional information, refer to the Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft

' suspect or know of an individual or a business that is not complying with the tax laws on issues such as

  • False Exemptions or Deductions
  • Kickbacks
  • False/Altered Document
  • Failure to Pay Tax
  • Unreported Income
  • Organized Crime
  • Failure to Withhold
Use Form 3949-A,
Information Referral

CAUTION: Do NOTuse Form 3949-A to report the  issues below

Print the form and mail to:

  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Fresno, CA 93888

If you do not wish to use Form 3949-A, you may send a letter to the address above. Please include as much information as possible, such as these important points: 

  1. Name and Address of person or business you are reporting
  2. The individual's social security number or the business' employer identification number
  3. A brief description of the alleged violation(s), including how you became aware or obtained information about  the violation(s)
  4. The years involved
  5. The estimated dollar amount of any unreported income
  6. Your name, address and telephone number*

*Although you are not required to identify yourself, it is helpful to do so. Your identity will be kept confidential.


And please let us know about any suspicious calls or emails you receive.  We look for patterns so that we can alert the authorities and victims to new scams, before it is too late!




For a comprehensive list of national and international agencies to report scams, see this page.