What to do if you Receive Suspicious IRS-related Email

If you receive an email claiming to be from the IRS that contains a request for personal information, taxes associated with a large investment, inheritance or lottery.

  1. Don’t reply.
  2. Don’t open any attachments. They can contain malicious code that may infect your computer or mobile phone.
  3. Don’t click on any links. Visit our identity protection page if you clicked on links in a suspicious email or website and entered confidential information.
  4. Forward – preferably with the full email headers – the email as-is to us at [email protected]. Don’t forward scanned images because this removes valuable information.
  5. Delete the original email.

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