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IRS Warns of e-Services Phishing Scam

October 17, 2017

The IRS is warning all e-Services users to beware a new phishing scam that tries to trick tax professionals into “signing” a new e-Services user agreement. The phishing scam seeks to steal passwords and data.  All tax professionals should be aware that as e-Services begins its move later this month to Secure Access authentication and its two-factor protections (more on this below under upcoming events), cybercriminals likely will make last-ditch efforts to steal passwords and data prior to the transition. Don’t take the bait!

The scam email claims to be from “e-Services Registration” and uses “Important Update about Your e-Services Account” in the budget line. It states, in part, “We are rolling out a new user agreement and all registered users must accept its revised terms to have access to e-Services and its products.” It asks you to review and accept the agreement but takes you to a fake site instead.  If you have clicked onto this link, you should perform a deep scan with your security software, contact your office’s IT/cybersecurity personnel and contact the IRS e-Help Desk.  To read more about what the IRS is doing to protect your accounts with Secure Access authentication, go directly to the main e-Services landing page on IRS.gov.