Taxpayers should be on the lookout for a new, email-based phishing scam now circulating that targets Department of Defense military members, retirees, and civilian employees. 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. 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.
The IRS offers resources for business owners and taxpayers who believe they have received an email scam, or have experienced identity theft. Click here to view the resource page.
Link for resource page http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=155682,00.html
Sal Censoprano is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and tax practice owner for over 40 years. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and earned his master’s degree in taxation.