These email phishing scams are asking for verification of the last four digits of social security numbers and encouraging victims to click on a provided link by citing potential tax fraud. These criminals specifically state that there’s a special effort underway for Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia residents and suggest that recent data breaches may be involved.
As a reminder to all of our clients, the IRS does not initiate emails requesting personal or financial identity verification through email. If you suspect you may have received a call or email fraudulently posing as the IRS, report it directly to the IRS by sending it to email@example.com. Taxpayers can read more on these phishing scams and how to go about reporting and protecting yourself here.