Beware of criminals impersonating IRS, Treasury employees in email, phone calls

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal police alerted the community of Akwesasne last week of an on-going tax scam. The IRS has reported that criminals are using telephone and email scams to pose as IRS employees and solicit money from taxpayers. The IRS inspector general reported that email and telephone scams are the largest of their kind the IRS has ever seen. The IRS warns that criminals using these tactics are extremely aggressive and relentless in trying to scam taxpayers into believing they owe back taxes and must remit payment immediately to avoid prosecution. Recent hacking incidents against the U.S. government have given criminals access to government employee information, including Social Security numbers, telephone numbers, employee identification numbers, and other sensitive information. The latest occurrences have exposed government employees to various scams, as well as the malicious publication of identifying information. Stolen information has also enabled criminals to trick government employees into breaking

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