Phishing is a scam where criminals attempt to steal your financial information through the use of email or a fake website. In many cases, the bogus emails ask for specific personal information or entice you to click on a link in order to install spyware or other malware on your computer for the purpose of stealing your financial and personal information.
Remember that the IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information, so don’t click on or respond to these kinds of emails.
If you receive an unsolicited email that appears to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, such as the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), you can report it by forwarding it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also be careful with emails purporting to be from companies like TurboTax, where a bogus email or a fake website poses as a legitimate site in order to get you to disclose your personal or financial information. When in doubt, assume it’s a scam.