During income tax filing season, there are a lot of IRS impersonation schemes. These schemes may take place by email, phone, fax, internet sites and social networking sites.
The IRS will not send you unsolicited e-mails about your tax situations, tax accounts or personal tax issues. If you receive such an e-mail, most likely it's a scam.
Some impersonations may be commercial internet sites that you unknowingly visit, thinking you’re accessing the genuine IRS Web site, IRS.gov. However, such sites have no connection to the IRS.
Many impersonations are identity theft scams that try to trick you into revealing personal and financial information that can be used to access your financial accounts. Some email scams contain links or attachments that download malicious code (virus) that infects your computer or direct you to a bogus form or site posing as a genuine IRS form or Web site when you click on them.