Taxpayers Advised to Use Caution: Confirmed FBAR Information Request Scam

Our firm has become aware of a “phishing” scam, related to the filing of Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). Under the scam, taxpayers receive an email notice, purportedly from the IRS Chief of Criminal Investigations, indicating there are issues with their filing and requesting disclosure of all their “domestic and international financial accounts.” The notice instructs the recipient to fax this information to 888-265-4730 (not an IRS number).

Taxpayers who receive such a notice should not reply. The IRS has asked that all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS be reported to phishing@irs.gov.  Additional information can be located at the IRS website.

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