In addition to our own personal experiences, our clients have been contacting us regarding predatory emails and phone calls that they have received. These emails and phone calls are placed with the purpose of intimidating or tricking you into giving up personal information, placing you at risk for identity theft. They appear to come from trusted places like the IRS, law enforcement agencies and your own family and friends.
The IRS has been very vocal about the fact that they will not send out unsolicited emails and will not make phone calls threatening lawsuits or jail. They have published an informative article about ways you can protect yourself from these phishing scams. Click here for the IRS article.
They have also provided guidance about how to report these scams when you encounter them and strongly encourage you to do so. Click here to review.