IRS warns of new email phishing scheme falsely claiming to be from Taxpayer Advocate Service

IRS warns of new email phishing scheme falsely claiming to be from Taxpayer Advocate Service

March 31, 2014 Updated Mar 31, 2014 at 5:13 PM CDT

(IRS news release) The Internal Revenue Service this month warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam.

According to an IRS news release:

The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number.

The fake emails may include the following message: “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.”

Recipients are directed to click on links that supposedly provide information about the "advocate" assigned to their case or that let them "review reported income." The links lead to web pages that solicit personal information.

Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links.