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IRS imposter scams

Imposter scams that may lead to tax fraud and identity theft increase during tax season. These scams can take many forms, such as fake IRS tax notices, identity theft, and fraudulent phone calls. Read more about tax scams.

In one popular scheme, a scammer posing as a company executive uses phishing emails to convince an employee to send the scammer sensitive information, such as names, addresses, and Social Security numbers. Scammers typically use this information to make fraudulent wire transfers or commit identity theft. Learn more about this scam and how to avoid it.

What you can do

  • Do not reply to suspicious emails or messages — delete them.
  • Never provide passwords, account numbers, or personal information in response to emails or other messages. The IRS does not solicit information via email, text, or social media.
  • Use a unique username and password for tax filing software and update them at least annually.