Tax Scam Targets Military
ST LOUIS — The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to be on the lookout for a new, email-based phishing scam that targets Department of Defense military members, retirees and civilian employees.
According to the IRS, the email appears to come from Defense Finance and Accounting Services and displays a .mil email address.
“The email states that those receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be able to obtain additional funds from the IRS,” said IRS spokesman Michael Devine.
Email recipients are then asked to send various VA and IRS documents containing their personal and financial information, such as copies of VA award letters or their income tax returns, to an address in Florida. The information on these documents is then used by the scammers to commit identity theft.
Typically, identity thieves use someone’s personal data to empty the victim’s financial accounts, run up charges on the victim’s existing credit cards or apply for new loans, credit cards, services or benefits in the victim’s name.
“The IRS does not send unsolicited e-mail to taxpayers and never asks for personal and financial information such as PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret information for financial accounts,” said Devine.
For more information on phishing scams, please see Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft on the IRS web site at http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=155682,00.html