The Internal Revenue Service is getting reports of people receiving e-mails that appear to be from the IRS, promising the recipient a stimulus payment in return for the disclosure of personal information.
Spokesperson Dan Boone says that the e-mails are definitely not from the IRS, and there is currently no government stimulus payment being sent to the general public. Boone warned that the e-mails can be dangerous in two ways saying that if you’re tricked into providing the private information requested, you’ve then become a target for identity theft also, if you access any links or attachments in the e-mail, you may unknowingly download malicious software to your computer, letting scammers steal your information.
Boone reminded taxpayers that the IRS never sends e-mails about their taxes, and will never ask for credit card numbers or passwords. The IRS generally sends official communications through the U.S. Mail.