Since the times, IRS has become tech savvy in dealing with tax debtors, cyber geniuses has got an opportunity to earn money through wrong means. They have started sending phishing emails to the tax debtors and in some cases they have got payment from the debtors as some of the emails are full of tax relief options stating you just need to pay X amount from the tax debt. These emails do not reach your mailbox with an intention of earning money but to get your personal details such as account details, personal details and SSN. They will sell this information and get their share. However, IRS would never you an email if any information is required from your side. You’ll always receive a correspondence from IRS.
There are several things that could help you in identifying if IRS has send you the mail or someone is trying to make fool out of you. If your name is printed wrong on the mail, it is a phishing mail for sure. The name of the company who has sent you the mail sounds very professional such as IRS or Federal Taxes Bureau. There are no agencies with these kinds of names that collect taxes on behalf of IRS or federal tax agency. SO whenever you receive an email asking you to provide your personal information as required by the IRS, your first priority needs to be to check the company’s background. Search about the company on the internet. It allows you to get complete information about the so called company.
In several cases, these kinds of emails are sent by the hackers or cyber criminals sitting in different countries where English is not primary or secondary language. Therefore, don’t get panic, if you receive mail from IRS. First read the mail thoroughly and check if it contains any kind of spelling or grammatical errors because hackers who don’t carry knowledge of English language tend to make mistakes. If you find any error, just delete it because IRS does not require any information electronically from your side. Moreover, IRS has hired well qualified tax lawyers therefore, it in not easy to find errors in their correspondence.
Act smart whenever you receive emails asking for some personal information or money. You should check the URL from where you are receiving the emails and this applies in every case not in the case of IRS. Just remember the link of the website of the IRS. Check the sender’s email id, if it has been sent buy XYZ.com or any other domain name different from www.irs.gov it is a spam. Report it so that by the next time if your email from the same sender, it will go straight in your junk mails folder.
These are just three things that would help you in protecting yourself from spammers. Moreover, you should not click any links within the mail or download an enticing photo or video.