Comptroller Franchot warns taxpayers of email phishing scam

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A new phishing scam is trying to collect personal information from taxpayers, and Comptroller Peter Franchot is advising recipients to avoid clicking links and to forward emails immediately to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

IRS officials said taxpayers are receiving emails allegedly from the agency’s Taypayer Advocate Service (TAS). The emails, which use the TAS logo, ask for personal information such as legal names, contact information and reported income.

The emails contain a fake case number with the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taypayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”

Taxpayers who receive the email should forward it to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov .

“The IRS and the Comptroller’s Office do not contact taxpayers in this fashion, and we do not ask people to confirm their reported income online,” Franchot said in a statement. “Please be careful of your personal information, and be sure to tell your friends and neighbors to be careful of any suspicious-looking messages that ask for personal information.”

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