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Fraud Alerts

Protecting our members is important to us, so we want to keep you in the loop on current fraud and scams.

IRS Email Scams

Over the past few weeks, there has been a rise in phishing attempts (email scams) which appear to be from the IRS.  While the verbiage on the emails vary, the common request is for you to interact with a file (review, open, fill out, etc.).  These emails usually have a document or file attached.  Once opened, the file drops malware (viruses, trojans, etc.) on your computer which gives the scammers access to everything you do.

Please note, the IRS will NEVER contact you via email, text messages, or social media.  Scammers use emotions to get people to act.   Here is a statement taken directly from the IRS.GOV website:

Avoid email, phishing and malware schemes
Scammers send emails that trick businesses and taxpayers into thinking the messages are official communications from the IRS or others in the tax industry. As part of phishing schemes, scammers sometimes ask taxpayers about a wide-range of topics, such as refunds, filing status, confirming personal information, ordering transcripts and verifying personal identification numbers.

The IRS does not use email, text messages or social media to discuss tax debts or refunds with taxpayers.

If you receive emails, text messages, or social media messages claiming to be from the IRS, you are able to use one of these methods from the IRS.GOV website to report them:

How to report scams
Taxpayers can use these options to report phone, email and other impersonation scams:

  • Report impersonation scams to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. on the “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” webpage.
  • Report phone scams to the Federal Trade Commission using the FTC Complaint Assistant. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.
  • Report an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS-related system like the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

For additional information, please visit https://www.irs.gov/privacy-disclosure/report-phishing

Please be aware of potential fraudsters acting as the Financial Plus Fraud Department making phone calls to get your credit or debit card number over the phone. If you receive a call asking for your credit or debit card number, hang up. Financial Plus will never ask you for this information over the phone.