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IRS Warns Taxpayers of Impersonation Email Scam

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning taxpayers of a new IRS impersonation email scam.

The fake emails contain links that appear to go to an IRS.gov-like website, and claim to be about a taxpayer’s refund, electronic return, or tax account. The emails also contain a “temporary password” or “one-time password” to “access” the files to submit the refund. These files are malicious, and infect the taxpayer’s computer with malware that could give the scammers control of the computer or secretly download software that tracks every keystroke.

As a reminder, the IRS does not send unsolicited emails and never emails taxpayers about the status of refunds. The IRS will never initiate emails, text messages, or social media posts to taxpayers requesting personal or financial information.

Visit the IRS website for more details.