There's a new e-mail scam out there and the IRS wants you to be aware.
The Feds have sent out a warning about a two-step e-mail that falsely promises to give people $80 for taking an online customer survey.
The e-mail contains a URL linking to an online "Member Satisfaction Survey." There are references to the IRS in the from line and subject line of the email and even an IRS logo on the survey.
The apparent objectives of this scam are to use the participant’s name and financial data to withdraw funds from the taxpayer’s bank account, run up charges on a credit card or take out loans in the taxpayer’s name.
Tricking victims into revealing private personal and financial information over the Internet, telephone or other means is a practice known as “phishing.”
Taxpayers should be aware that the IRS does not send unsolicited e-mail. Additionally, the IRS never asks taxpayers for PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.
Recipients of questionable e-mail that appears to come from the IRS should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the e-mail. Instead, the e-mail should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.