|The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) would like to alert tax professionals about a tax scam reported by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This scam is sent through email and impersonates the IRS in an attempt to steal Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs).
The Scam Email Message Reads:
“In order to help protect both you and your clients from unauthorized/fraudulent activities, the IRS requires that you verify all authorized e-file originators prior to transmitting returns through our system. That means we need your EFIN (e-file identification number) verification and Driver’s license before you e-file.
Please have a current PDF copy or image of your EFIN acceptance letter (5880C Letter dated within the last 12 months) or a copy of your IRS EFIN Application Summary, found at your e-Services account at IRS.gov, and Front and Back of Driver’s License emailed in order to complete the verification process. Email: (fake email address)
If your EFIN is not verified by our system, your ability to e-file will be disabled until you provide documentation showing your credentials are in good standing to e-file with the IRS.
The IRS has advised anyone who receives this email scam to save the email as a file and send as an attachment to email@example.com.
They also should notify the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at www.tigta.gov to report this scam.