WARNING: The IRS Doesn’t Send Unsolicited Emails!!!

I often times get forwarded emails from clients asking “is this true?”.  They generally have an email “supposedly” from the IRS saying that they have a refund and all they have to do is….”click on this link” to claim it.  YEAH RIGHT!!!

BEWARE!!!!!  It’s a scam!!!!!

Here are a few facts about the IRS that you might find useful:

  • They don’t want to pay tax refunds, so they will never send you an email (or a letter) for that matter saying…. “We owe you money”. PERIOD!
  • The IRS generally communicates via snail mail and telephone (and of course, the occasional in person visit….to the people who ignore them….that’s another post!!)

Keep in mind the IRS does not send unsolicited emails about your taxes.  If you get an email that appears to be from the IRS, it may be an attempt to steal your private information.  Don’t click on any links in the message!!!  Forward the email to: phishing@irs.gov.

Knowing and following this advice just might save your life.

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Bernadette L. Harris
Forensic Accountant at By The Book Accounting
Bernadette L. Harris is a Forensic Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Expert Witness, Keynote Speaker, and #1 bestselling author who has helped hundreds of business owners put systems in place to protect their businesses and prepare for growth.

Her latest books, Business Blueprint 2.0 and Did You Hire a Fraud? can be purchased at: Shop.BernadetteHarris.com.

She speaks to audiences across the country about entrepreneurship and fraud prevention. Follow her on social media @TrustBernadette

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