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IRS warns of e-file identity theft scam — Scam Guards

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The Internal Revenue Service alerted tax professionals Wednesday about a dangerous new phishing scam in which a cybercriminal is sending emails claiming to come from the IRS in an effort to steal Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs).

The IRS and its security partners in private industry and state government said the latest scheme, which comes only days before the beginning of tax season, offers a reminder that tax professionals are among the main targets of identity thieves who are trying to steal client data and tax preparers’ identities so they can file fraudulent tax returns for refunds. The latest scam email claims to come from “IRS Tax E-Filing” and bears the subject line “Verifying your EFIN before e-filing.”

The IRS and its tax industry partners in the Security Summit routinely alert tax professionals about the latest phishing scams they are receiving. There is usually an surge in such emails…

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