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Beware Of Suspicious E-Mail…From The IRS…

March 6, 2011

I can’t tell you many times a week (if not a day) that I receive emails from the most crazy places asking for my personal (and confidential) information. I get emails from far away countries explaining that I am heir to some King’s fortune. I get emails responding to our GAI (www.gunwel.com) offer to help with tax filings, but first they ask for personal and confidential information. I also get emails saying that someone thinks I’m hot and I need to click on the link to find out who it is…even at my most insecure moment I don’t click on the link. Because it is tax filing season and there is so much personal information out and about the emails are flying. The IRS has issued statements telling us to watch out as the IRS does not send you emails…  

Be aware of e-mail scams that fraudulently use the IRS name or logo as a lure. The goal of the scam is to trick people into revealing personal information, such as Social Security Numbers, bank account numbers, or credit card numbers, which the scammers can use to commit identity theft and steal your money.

The IRS does not send unsolicited e-mails asking about a person’s tax account, nor does it ask for detailed personal and financial information, and the IRS never asks people for PINs, passwords, or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank, or other financial accounts.

If you receive e-mail from someone claiming to be the IRS:

•        Do not reply.

•        Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.

•        Do not click any links. If you clicked links in a suspicious e-mail and entered confidential information, visit the Identity Theft page at the IRS.gov website.

     You can help shut down the schemes and prevent others from being victimized. Details on how to report specific types of scams and what to do if you have been victimized are available at http://www.irs.gov, keyword “phishing.”

If you ever have a question about an email you received from the IRS, give Gunwel a call at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit. We ae a paperless, secured office that does not outsource any of the work we do. You work hard for your money, let Gunwel Tax & Bookkeeping work smart to help you keep it. See you soon!

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