Beware - Tax Scam Website
By Craig Sandell, 2017


I recently received an unsolicited Email from  irs.com.

Dear Chief Accountant Officer,
Hereby you are notified that your Tax Return Appeal id#2651283 has been DECLINED.  If you consider that the IRS did not properly investigate your case due to a misunderstanding of the facts, be ready to submit additional information. You can download the rejection details and re-submit your appeal using the following link Online Tax Appeal.

 

First – This is not a government website and I have not filed a tax return appeal. Also, the Email does not address me by name which is a major SCAM tip off.

Second:

If you go to IRS.com, you are taken to a website which is a commercial tax consultant service.

Third:

A little research yielded the actual URL user hidden under a listing for irs.com. This is a company based in Las Vegas;

Domain Name: IRS.COM

Registrant Organization: Remark Media, Inc.
Registrant Street: 3930 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 400
Registrant City: Las Vegas
Registrant State/Province: NV
Registrant Postal Code: 89169
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.4049742730

When I tried to contact this organization, I got the ‘automated phone run around’ that you usually get from companies who don’t really want to talk with you. When I sent an Email to the listed Admin Email , the Email was returned as not deliverable...Seems like the folks at IRS.com are not interested in any Email correspondence.

Lastly:

The ‘Online Tax Appeal’ link in the Email message to me, links to an Iranian website at http://rezayousefi.ir/.

This whole thing is obviously a scam to dupe unsuspecting people into giving personal information to an unfriendly foreign country.

For my part, I have forwarded the information to Homeland Security. If you get this type of Spam, DO NOT respond…just delete the Email.

I do not know whether the two American companies who own/lease the IRS.com URL are cooperating to send people’s personal information to an unfriendly foreign country. Since no one from either of these American companies was available to address questions regarding their possible involvement, it has the appearance of a scam conspiracy.

Beware…We Are All In This Together.