Tax Fraud Emails and Phone Calls

Emails

A number of email tax fraud messages claiming to be from U-M administrative units or the IRS itself have been reported at U-M in recent years. They tell people to update or validate information using fake U-M login pages, or on a Google form that asks for personal information such as birthdate, Social Security number, and more. Do not provide this information.

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information.

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Examples of the fraudulent messages:

See the most recent Phishing Alerts.

Phone Calls

People across the country have been receiving phone calls from con artists claiming to be from the IRS. They often threaten tax-related legal action and demand payment. Do not provide information or money.

Note that the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

If You Got Caught

If you think you got caught by one of these scams, notify the IRS and put a fraud alert or hold on your credit report. For instructions, see If You Suspect Your Identity Has Been Compromised on the Identity Theft page (Safe Computing).

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