Imposters posing as an Internal Revenue Service representative in the United States attempt to coerce the target into either paying up or sharing personal information. Threats of immediate arrest and other scare tactics are common.
Report incident to IRS online here or call toll free: 1-800-366-4484
Report by Fax: (202) 927-7018
Report By Mail: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Hotline, P.O. Box 589, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044-0589
Report all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS-related function by sending a copy of the email to email@example.com. If you’ve experienced any monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident, please report it to the Treasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA) and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complaint Assistant to make the information available to investigators.
The following resources have been gathered and vetted in order to better serve you. These resources have been chosen to help simplify the process of recovery after a cyber incident has taken place. With these resources you may need to contact organizations outside Fraudsupport.org. Results will vary depending on your circumstances.
Visit Identitytheft.gov to create a recovery plan
Find IRS Resources and guidance here (Multiple Languages):
- Identity Protection: Prevention, Detection and Victim Assistance
- IRS Identity Theft Victim Assistance: How It Works
- Instructions for Requesting Copy of Fraudulent Returns
- File an IRS Identity Theft Affidavit
Call IRS at 1-800-829-1040, and if you previously contacted the IRS and did not have a resolution, contact us for specialized assistance at 1-800-908-4490. They have teams available to assist.
If you are a tax preparer, find IRS information here:
- Identity Protection: Prevention, Detection and Victim Assistance (Multiple Languages)
- Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself: Tax Security 101 (English and Spanish)
- Tax Practitioner Guide to Business Identity Theft
Once the proper organizations have been notified and you are on the road to recovery, it is time to reinforce your cybersecurity. Let’s take action and strengthen your cybersecurity with the following resources and tools.
Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts Guidance from IRS (English and Spanish)
Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft Guidance from IRS (Multiple Languages)