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One email you don’t want in your inbox

The feds issued a warning about a message you may soon receive.

Should you get an email from IRS, delete it — it’s a scam. The agency does not correspond with individual taxpayers via email.

Bogus email scams are resurfacing, including one involving payments allegedly rejected by the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). The email has a link that may download malicious software.

Should you receive a suspicious message, IRS suggests these steps:

  1. Don’t reply.
  2. Don’t open any attachments – they may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
  3. Don’t click on any links. If you did and entered confidential info, visit IRS’ identity protection page.
  4. Forward the email, as-is, to phishing@irs.gov.
  5. After you forward the email and/or header info to IRS, delete the original message.

You can get more info on other scams — and what to do about them — here.

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  • DL

    It’s sad that so many people fall for this stuff. I got the IRS scam e-mail a couple weeks ago into a brand new e-mail account that I hadn’t even given to family and friends yet.