Criminals have become excessively creative in their methods to steal anything from anyone today. The internet offers fraudsters the perfect avenue to contact unsuspecting individuals using an array of devious strategies. You might have come across some emails purporting to have originated from the IRS-don’t bite the bait; the IRS does not initiate communication with the taxpayers via emails.
Because the IRS is well known for its numerous and even confusing correspondences, it is still not yet very clear to most taxpayers how to guard themselves from fraudsters. What most people do not know is that IRS never sends any correspondence via the internet. The IRS will only send notices or tax documents through U.S. mail.
Most of these scam emails that might land in your inbox may ask for personal information which, if disclosed, can only be comparable to opening your front door to a gang of burglars. This is a very simple method to get access to your bank information and credit card finances. Most of the emails sent for phishing purposes contain links, which if clicked, can install data-extracting viruses or some other malware into your computer with ease. This makes it possible for the hacker to trace your personal information by monitoring the keystrokes of your keyboard; simple, but very dangerous.
The IRS website is unique in numerous ways, and phony emails stand out. However, if you are in a hurry to open and read the emails, you might not even the difference between irs.gov and something like irs.com or even worse, girs.com. The senders of these emails could be anywhere in the world. Note, that these individuals go an extra mile to copy the IRS website, even though most of them do such a shoddy job, and a single glance is all you need to detect danger.
Another important factor to consider is the English used on the website. There is a clear distinction amongst various English languages, but U.S. English is distinctive. However, countries like Russia are hiring native English writers and English-trained professionals to write acceptable U.S. English that can lure even the most astute mail readers. Even though you need to watch out for improper English, it is no longer a red alert. There are some perfectly coded websites with amazing U.S. English content still linked to phishing scams.
If you receive such emails, do not be in a hurry to respond to them, scrutinize the details of the website and if there is anything fishy, report them to the IRS. A simple search on the IRS website with the keyword “phishing” will open up some links on how to report such cases. Finally, before making any monetary transactions, it is important to research and verify the organization or company.