• James D. Lynch

IRS Warns of “Tax Transcript” Email Scam

The Internal Revenue Service warns the public of a surge of fraudulent emails impersonating the IRS and using tax transcripts as bait to entice users to open documents containing malware.


The scam email pretends to be from the IRS. Such email carries a malicious attachment labeled “Tax Account Transcript” or something similar.


As a reminder, the IRS does not send unsolicited emails to the public, nor would it email a sensitive document such as a tax transcript, which is a summary of a tax return. The IRS urges taxpayers not to open the email or the attachment, and forward the scam email to phishing@irs.gov.