UMPD Warns of Tax Season Scam Emails

Criminals are constantly coming up with new ways to scam honest people. As tax season nears, we're already seeing reports of scam emails posing as the IRS to get the recipients banking information.

We ask that our residents remain vigilant and NEVER give your banking information, social security number or other identifying information over the phone or online to someone claiming to be from the IRS. The elderly are regularly targeted by these criminals. Please consider taking the time now to talk to your friends and family about protecting your information and identity against criminals.  

If you receive one of these phishing emails or phone calls, please report it here:

  • Do not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the emails. Instead, forward the email to phishing@irs.gov.
  • Contact the IRS Identity Theft Hotline at 1-800-908-4490
  • If you feel that you were a victim of fraud and your information has been compromised, make a police report. UMPD will walk you through the next steps to minimizing the breach. 

Here is an example of what we see. Please note that an official email from the IRS will not be addressed to "taxpayer" and will not come from a Yahoo email account. If it looks suspicious, IT'S PROBABLY A SCAM! 

Dear Taxpayer,
 We received a federal income tax return Form 1040 with your name,email and tax year. To protect you from possible identity theft, we need you to verify your identity before we can process this refund and issue a refund or apply the overpayment to next years estimated tax. We will not be able to process your 2021 Tax Refund until we hear from you.

If You Did Not File For Tax Refund:
 If you believe someone filed a fraudulent refund using your name, contact us immediately to confirm you may be a victim of tax-related identity theft.
Use one of the following options:
- Online
   Go to our identity verification service website at idverify.irs.gov
- By email
   write to Mr. Paul Hurley at hurleypaul1@yahoo.com

If You Did File For Tax Refund:
Contact us within ten(10) days from the date of this mail to verify your identity.
Use one of the following options:
- Online
   Go to our identity verification service website at idverify.irs.gov
- By email
   write to Mr. Paul Hurley at hurleypaul1@yahoo.com

 We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for the cooperation.

Charles P. Rettig
Commissioner
Internal Revenue Service(IRS)
1111 Constitution Ave,
NW Washington, DC 20224