You may receive an email that looks legitimate but it could be a phishing attack luring you to turn over private information. The image below shows and email received claiming that there is a fax for you from what appears to be RingCentral. RingCentral is a legitimate business that provided web based phone and fax services. However, if you hover over the RingCentral link provided you will see that that you are clicking on a completely different website. You will also notice that the email is not from RingCentral.
You should never click on a fake line such as this. Always hover over the link and verify it is what you expect. Better yet. Never click on a link in an email unless you know the sender and are expecting it. If you know the sender but are not expecting it, call the person to verify.
You should be aware of these types of emails possibly containing viruses and possibly ransomware. I get a few of these every week. Here is an example of one such email. I have no idea who Fred Wallace is, the person who signed the email. I have no idea who Davidblues is, the fake email name from which the email came. The phone number is out of service. I never open attachments on such emails, especially if they are Word attachments which can contain malicious code snippets that can destroy your computer. This email was not addressed to me and the time stamp on it indicates that it originated in England or Western Europe.
These emails should be immediately deleted and then you should go to your deleted items folder and delete them there as well.
The IRS will never call you demanding money, threatening to arrest you or asking for a credit card to make a payment. Do not fall for these scams.
What can you do to fight back?
If the caller or voice message gives you a phone number, you can report this to the Treasury Department of the federal government. They have been successful in shutting down many of these operations. You help and reporting them can go a long way in curbing this practice.
You can use an online form at www.treasury.gov/tigta or you can call on the complaint hotline at 800-366-4484.