Scammers target tax preparers with last-minute phishing attacks

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 21, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service is adding extra staff starting Tuesday to help tax professionals reinstate their e-Services accounts.

The attack is another tax scam that is trying to capitalize on the looming 2017 tax season.

"Tax-related scams increase as we get closer to the April 18 deadline", said Sullivan. The IRS urged both tax professionals and taxpayers to be on guard against suspicious activity.

The IRS said cybercriminals have been employing some new tactics this year.

"The IRS does not send unsolicited emails or request sensitive data via email".

Scammers are sending last-minute phishing attacks to tax preparers in the hopes of making off with taxpayers' refunds. The IRS is urging tax preparers to call clients and verbally confirm the request should someone email with a last-minute change.

Authorized IRS e-file providers also need to make sure the IRS has their current information by reviewing and updating their IRS e-file application within 30 days of a change that requires access to their e-Services registration accounts. Taxpayers should learn to recognize phishing emails, calls or texts that pose as familiar organizations such as banks, credit card companies, tax software providers or even the IRS. These scams aim to trick taxpayers into handing over sensitive data such as passwords, Social Security numbers, and bank account or credit card numbers.

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