Scam falsely claims to be from Taxpayer Advocate Service

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warned consumers last week to be on the lookout for a new e-mail phishing scam. The e-mails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) and include a bogus case number.

*The fake e-mails may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”

*Recipients are directed to click on links that supposedly provide information about the "advocate" assigned to their case or that let them "review reported income." The links lead to web pages that solicit personal information.

*Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the e-mail or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam e-mails to the IRS at For more information, visit the IRS's Report Phishing web page at

The TAS is a legitimate IRS organization that helps taxpayers resolve federal tax issues that have not been resolved through the normal IRS channels. The IRS, including TAS, does not initiate contact with taxpayers by e-mail, texting or any social media.

*For more on scams to guard against see the “Dirty Dozen” list on