WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) – Delaware officials are warning residents to be aware of a new scam.
The scam involves fraudulent email messages claiming to be from the IRS’s Taxpayer Advocacy Service.
The emails reportedly contain a fake case number, the Taxpayer Advocacy Center’s actual logo and read:
“Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”
The email also provides a link that solicits personal information from the recipient, such as legal name and contact info.
Those who receive any emails like the one described above should not click any of the links or provide any of the information requested. Instead, recipients are asked to forward the email to the IRS’ account for fraudulent emails, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IRS says it does not communicate with taxpayers via email. Anyone who receives unsolicited phone calls, emails or other messages they believe may be a scam should call the Del. Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-220-5424 or send an email to email@example.com.