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Phishing Scam Underlying Messages

What to look for in IRS email phishing scams

If you receive an official-looking email from what appears to be an official source, whether the IRS or someone in the tax industry, these underlying messages can help determine if it is a scam.

1. If the messages ask for you to update important personal information.
2. If the message asks for you to click a web link to update information.

  • These links may be masked to appear as an official page, but will lead to a scam page.

3. Look out for these subject lines and underlying text referencing:

  • Numerous variations about people’s tax refund.
  • Update your filing details, which can include references to W-2.
  • Confirm your personal information. Get my IP Pin
  • Get my E-file Pin.
  • Order a transcript.
  • Complete your tax return information.

The IRS is urging people not to click on these links, but instead to send the email to

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