The April 15 tax filing deadline has passed, but the Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers that scammers are sending official-looking e-mails to phish for private information.


The April 15 tax filing deadline has passed, but the Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers that scammers are sending official-looking e-mails to phish for private information.

The IRS says their first contact will be a letter or notice that arrives through the mail and explains the situation and provides contact information.

Devine said the goal of phishing is to trick you into revealing personal or financial information and the timing of these scam e-mails can easily fool people who filed their taxes and think the IRS is trying to contact them.

He cautioned recipients of e-mail from someone claiming to be from the IRS not to open attachments because they could contain a virus.

To help shut down scam sites, you can forward suspicious e-mails that claim to come from the IRS to a special mailbox, phishing@irs.gov.  You can forward the message as received or provide the Internet header of the e-mail. The Internet header has additional information to help locate the sender.

More information about phishing is available on the IRS.gov web site.  To verify the IRS is trying to contact you, call the IRS toll-free number, 800-829-1040.