Beware of bogus IRS e-audit

| 4/10/2002

A possible identity theft attempt in Michigan has prompted an identity theft alert, according to an alert issued by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer.

Some taxpayers in Michigan have received e-mailed notices from non-IRS sources claiming the taxpayer is under audit and must complete within 48 hours a questionnaire to avoid financial penalties. The taxpayer is asked for his or her Social Security number, bank account numbers and other confidential information.

Taxpayers are being advised NOT to provide the requested confidential information. This may be a possible identity theft attempt. The IRS does not conduct e-audits. The IRS does not notify taxpayers of a pending audit by e-mail.

If you have questions about e-mailed communications claiming to be from the IRS, contact your local IRS office or the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at the Internal Revenue Service toll free at 1-800-366-4484.