One of the newest threats involves a phishing attack. A phony email that appears to be from IRS tells recipients that they will be fined up to $10,000 for failing to file their tax return on time. It then directs you to a fake website where scammers and identity thieves can steal your personal information.
The IRS says it does not communicate with taxpayers via email or social media. It encourages any suspicious messages or links be sent to the IRS phishing mailbox.
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Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.