- About This Email Scam
This email is a scam that tries to trick you into opening a malicious attachment or clicking on a malicious link.
In these type of emails, cyber criminals will pretend to be from a Government agency (IRS, CRA or HM Revenue & Customs), and claim there is a urgent need to verify a tax rebate or penalty.
These scammers will ask you to click on an link or download an attachment to solve this "tax" issue. However, if you download this attachment or click on a link, you risk infecting your device with malware.
These type of scam emails can look very convincing because they use an email address similar to the Government agencies and even their official logo. However it's easy to spot these type of scam emails because words are misspelled, some of the grammar is incorrect or unusual, hovering over the links will show mismatched link and link text, and the message contains some sort of threat or need for immediate action.
If you have received such an email, don’t click on any links, open attachments, or expand any included pictures. Don’t try to reply to the sender, and if you believe you’re on a malicious site, don’t enter any information.
This “IRS Record of Account Transcript” email is not from the Internal Revenue Service, but rather from a group of scammers who want to trick you in to downloading malware on your device.
The below email is a scam.
This is the text of this email, including the grammatical and spelling errors
Subject: IRS Record of Account Transcript
Attachments: Record of Account Transcript.doc, IRS_98137826_11302018.doc
Record of Account Transcript.doc
Taxpayer Advocate Service
- Recommended Actions
We recommend that you delete this email and ignore its content. If you have downloaded any attachments or clicked any links from this email, or suspect that your device might be infected with malware, we recommend that you run a scan with Malwarebytes Free.