Be Aware of Phishing E-mails that Appear to be from the IRS

Liberty Tax Can Help

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Liberty Tax is alerting taxpayers about the latest online phishing scam involving deceptive e-mails that appear to be sent from the IRS. This one’s titled “Canceled Tax Transfer.” Scam artists are again at work sending e-mails appearing to be legitimately from the IRS or the Treasury Department that solicit confidential information including Social Security Numbers, personal bank or credit card account information, passwords, and even passport information. This latest one claims that “your federal tax transaction recently sent from your bank account was rejected by your bank,” and urges the recipient to choose a free file company from a website that’s not the IRS website. The most important thing to remember is that the IRS never uses e-mail correspondence to request any personal taxpayer bank, credit card or other information. Liberty Tax Service will answer questions involving possible phishing instances or any tax issues.

“Often scams involve a fear factor calling the taxpayer to action, or may promise a refund. The scams are clever and may be elaborate, and may even use logos or websites that look like those of the IRS,” said John Hewitt, CEO of Liberty Tax Service.

The best practice is not to open attachments, click on any links, or divulge any personal account information associated with these bogus e-mails. Suspicious e-mails can be forwarded to phishing@irs.gov.

About Liberty Tax Service

Liberty Tax Service is the fastest-growing retail tax preparation company in the industry’s history. Founded in 1997 by CEO John T. Hewitt, a pioneer in the tax industry, Liberty Tax Service has prepared over 9,000,000 individual income tax returns. With 42 years of tax industry experience, Hewitt stands as the most experienced CEO in the tax preparation business, having also founded Jackson Hewitt Tax Service.

Liberty Tax Service is the only tax franchise on the Forbes “Top 20 Franchises to Start,” and ranks #1 of the tax franchises on the Entrepreneur “Franchise 500.” Each office provides computerized income tax preparation, electronic filing, and online filing through eSmart Tax.

Contact:

Martha O’Gorman, (800) 790-3863 ext. 8022, martha@libtax.com. Representatives of Liberty Tax Service are available to discuss phishing scams and to make presentations to local groups who might be interested in learning more.

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