Con artists are using e-mail seemingly more than ever this year, at least in my anecdotal experience. And it seems like tax pros are being targeted now, too.

I’ve gotten multiple e-mails from people claiming that they’ve sent me their documents for me to prepare their tax return. All I have to do is click a link! Of course, none of these people are actually clients of mine.

Here’s an example of a scam e-mail I received last week.

Scam Email

And taxpayers are getting spammed constantly with scam e-mails. Here’s just the latest example:

Scam Email 2

The best advice I can give to taxpayers about this is:

  1. The IRS never sends e-mails to you about ANYTHING
  2. The IRS will never call you, nor will they text you
  3. If the IRS has a problem with your tax filing, or they think you owe them money, they will send you a letter in the mail
  4. If in doubt about something the IRS sends you, consult with your tax professional