Whenever you get any kind of correspondence from the I.R.S. you pay attention.
That's why I was curious about this one that showed up in my inbox here at work.
It claimed I could be hit with a $10,000 fine for not filing my income taxes.
It mentions a specific I.R.S. code and section and directed me to a link to get more information.
You see some typographical errors besides saying it's from Texas, not Washington. And it says department of treasure, not treasury.
I talked to an I.R.S. Spokeswoman who told me the crooks' link was designed to steal personal information from my computer.
Just know this, the I.R.S. Communicates via the U.S. Mail.
The only time the I.R.S. Sends an email or calls you on the phone is if you initiate the contact... And you ask the I.R.S. To reach you that way.
There are a lot of phishing scams out there. If you're unsure, don't resond. Give us a call and we'll be happy to check it out for you.