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IRS Warns Tax Professionals of New Email Scam

by Leroy Baker, Tax-News.com, Washington

07 November 2016


The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued an urgent alert to tax professionals who use the agency's e-services to beware of an email asking them to update their accounts and directing them to a fake website.

The subject line for the fraudulent email is "Security Awareness for Tax Professionals." The "From" line is "Your e-Services Team." It has both an IRS logo and an e-services logo that hyperlinks to a phishing site. The spoofing site poses as an e-services registration page.

The scammers are attempting to exploit current IRS efforts to strengthen the e-services authentication process and its ongoing communications with tax professionals about their accounts. Scammers are attempting to steal e-services usernames and passwords, or even more personal data .

The IRS advised that, if e-services users have already clicked on the fake logo and provided their username and password, they should contact the agency's e-services help desk to reset their accounts. If the same password is used for other accounts, they should be changed as well. As an extra precaution, users should perform a deep security scan on their computers, re-evaluate their security controls, and be alert to any other signs of identity theft or data compromise.

Tax professionals have been reminded that they should always go directly to the IRS website to access e-services.

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