Internal Revenue Service warns of email scam targeting tax professionals

Posted at 3:43 PM, Nov 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-06 17:45:54-05

The Internal Revenue Service is warning tax professionals about an email scam currently circulating inboxes.

According to an IRS spokesperson, people who use IRS services online are being warned about an email prompting people to update their accounts and directing them to a fake website.

The subject line for the fraudulent email is “Security Awareness for Tax Professionals,” the IRS said. The sender is “Your e-Service Team.” Despite it not being sent from the IRS, the IRS logo is used in the email and people who receive it are provided a website address to a fake, e-services registration page.

In the email, recipients are warned about a hacking situation last year, an IRS officials said. They’re asked to upgrade their e-service account to protect their information.

It’s believed that the scammers are attempting to steal usernames and passwords, as well as tax professionals' other personal information. People who have been targeted and have already given their usernames and passwords are being urged to reset their accounts immediately.

If you’ve received a suspicious email, send it as an attachment to and then delete it. As a precaution, do not click on any links provided in the email.