St. Louis (KSDK) -- Scam emails using the IRS name and logo are circulating.
IRS spokesman Michael Devine said many of the scam emails have misspelled words, use incorrect grammar or odd phrasing, but some are sophisticated and hard to detect.
"The IRS does not send unsolicited e-mail to taxpayers and never asks for personal and financial information such as PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret information for financial accounts," said Devine. "If the IRS has a question, the first contact a taxpayer gets will be a letter or notice that arrives through the mail."
The IRS says there are signs to watch for, such as requests for personal and/or financial information; threats for not responding, such as an audit; any link that does not include the real IRS Web address.
Devine said if you receive a phone call, fax or letter in the mail from an individual claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to determine if it is legitimate.
You can help shut down these schemes and prevent others from being victimized by reporting any bogus correspondence or forwarding suspicious/scam e-mail to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org