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Don't fall for bogus IRS emails

Posted at 12:52 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 21:08:07-05
You've probably heard about fake IRS representatives e-mailing and threatening victims about bogus problems.
 
Recently, a woman named Linda let me know about an email with the subject line, "Good news on your IRS case." The email came from Ideal Tax Solution LLC, and it is a real business. 
 
The email said the business checked Linda's IRS case and feels she qualifies for a certain program. But Linda said she has no IRS case.
 
Ideal Tax Solution LLC says they "sincerely apologize to Linda."
 
The business says her address "had been added to our representative's mailing lists by mistake due to an error." 
 
And they say "Linda's information was originally obtained by the use of one of our affiliate websites."
 
"As a result of this incident, our IT department is conducting an active investigation."
 
Remember, the IRS does not communicate by email. If you have an issue, you will hear from them by mail, so never click on any IRS-related email. Instead, if you think there's an issue, go to irs.gov and ask there.
 
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