Tax fraud alert

It’s tax time in the United States again. Whether you’re
filing online or off, it’s good to be careful with your personal and financial

Here are some ways you can help protect yourself from online
tax scams:

  • Recognize.
    There are thousands of different kinds of scams. The IRS website states that
    they do not initiate communication with people via email. If you receive an
    email that appears to be from the IRS, it is probably a scam. Also, if you get
    an offer from someone that sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. For
    more information, see the IRS article, Tax
    Scams – How to Recognize and Avoid Them
  • Ignore.
    Never respond to unsolicited emails. If an email looks suspicious, don’t
    respond. And definitely don’t open any
  • Report.
    If you think you might have been a victim of a scam, you can report it to

For more information from the IRS about tax scams and how to
protect yourself, see Protect your personal information! The IRS
does not initiate taxpayer communications through email

For more information
from Microsoft about online fraud, see Get
help with phishing scams, lottery fraud, and other types of scams



About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    I may believe that my email has been frauded,phished or scammed and also my believe goes further in sympathy to many laymen like me those I believe they are scammed. reason why, I receive many emails from unknown persons to the extend that a message of the same character is from different unknown persons. Persons in my contact list complained of bad mails from me but it wasn't me who composed nor sent them. I listed some emails I believed

    to be evil,,,,, soo many!

  2. Anonymous

    OK i will report it. Thanks for the advice. 🙂

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