A COMBINED task force of IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry is warning tax professionals of attempts to steal Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs) with new scam email that impersonates the IRS.

The latest scheme that arrived just before the start of the tax season targets tax professionals who prepare your tax returns.

The thieves steal client data that will allow them to file fraudulent tax returns for refunds.

The latest scam email identifies itself as “IRS Tax E-Filing” and carries the subject

“Verifying your EFIN before e-filing.” How creative.

These thieves also pose as potential clients, an especially effective scam. The thief may interact repeatedly with a tax professional and then send an email with an attachment that claims to be their tax information.

But that attachment contains malware that allows the thief to track keystrokes and eventually steal passwords or take over control of the computer…

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