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ASK THE EDD ATTORNEY – BEWARE OF NEW “HOTMAIL” PHISHING SCAM

By Robert S. Schriebman

2017

On December 14, 2017 the Internal Revenue Service published press release 2017-203 dealing with phishing scams used to trick tax professionals as well as the general public. Here is what the press releases had to say.

The IRS has received close to 1000 complaints about this new phishing scheme that targets "hotmail" users. While scammer websites have been shut down by the government, you must be on the lookout for new websites as these crooks never rest.

These phishing cams read as follows, "Internal Revenue Service Email No. xxxx / We’re processing your request soon / Txxxxx-xxxxxxx." The email leads taxpayers to sign in to a fake Microsoft page and then asks for personal and financial information.

If you believe you have received one of these unsolicited emails, purporting to be from the IRS, forward it to [email protected] and then delete it.

I have mentioned this many times in my articles dealing with IRS scams, the IRS does not communicate via email. You will either receive a letter or a telephone call. On rare occasions, especially with today’s manpower shortage in the IRS, you will receive a personal visit from an IRS collector. If you do, always ask to see that person’s credentials.

A good rule of thumb is to totally disregard any emails purporting to be from the IRS.

My motto is, "When in doubt – delete."

For further information see IR-2017-203

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Robert Schriebman has a successful practice in the Rolling Hills Estates area of Los Angeles County serving clients throughout California and the United States. He has successfully dedicated more than 40 years to helping individual taxpayers, business owners, CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and tax attorneys navigate the complicated tax systems of the federal and state governments.

Robert Schriebman has written the only 2 books ever published dealing with how California Employment Development Department (EDD) operates. See "California Tax Collection Practice and Procedures" and "California Taxation Practice and Procedure," both published by Commerce Clearing House.

Robert Schriebman has written over 20 books including the major manual used nationally by practitioners and the IRS, "IRS Tax Collection Procedures – A Manual for Practitioners" published by Commerce Clearing House.

Robert Schriebman has written over 20 books including the major manual used nationally by practitioners and the IRS, "IRS Tax Collection Procedures – A Manual for Practitioners" published by Commerce Clearing House in addition to the only 2 books ever published dealing with how California Employment Development Department (EDD) operates. See "California Tax Collection Practice and Procedures" and "California Taxation Practice and Procedure," both published by Commerce Clearing House.

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