The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers that a scam e-mail is fraudulently using the IRS name and logo as a lure, the agency said Friday.
The bogus e-mail, circulating around the country, claims a federal tax payment has been rejected and asks the recipient to complete an attached form. That attachment contains a virus that may infect the recipient's computer so personal and financial information can be stolen.
"The IRS never sends unsolicited e-mail asking for your financial or detailed personal information," said IRS spokesman Michael Devine.
Anyone who receives an e-mail claiming to be from the IRS should not reply to the message, open any attachments or click on any links, Devine said.
The IRS makes its first contact with a taxpayer by mail, not by e-mail, Devine said.
Suspicious e-mails claiming to be from the IRS should be sent to a special mailbox, firstname.lastname@example.org. To verify that the IRS is trying to contact you, call 800-829-1040.