Warning from the US government on web portal email scam
This week, we received an announcement from USA.gov, the US government’s official web portal, announcing scammers using their name. Please read the letter below:
USA.gov will never request your personal information
Beware: scammers are using the USA.gov name as part of an e-mail phishing scam to collect your personal information on a fake IRS website. Don’t take the bait. USA.gov will never contact you to request your personal information.
If your receive an e-mail that’s supposed to be from a government program, and it seems legitimate, do your homework:
- Step 1: Double check any offers or demands by contacting the agency mentioned in the claim
- Step 2: Use the contact information listed in the USA.gov index of U.S. government departments and agencies to contact the agency and not the contact information provided in the e-mail
- Step 3: Forward tax related phishing e-mails to the IRS at phishing@IRS.gov
Report all other government imposter phishing e-mail scams to the Federal Trade Commission.
Please contact us if you have any questions about your taxes.