The IRS warns taxpayers to be wary of scam mailing that claims they are owed an “unclaimed refund”. These scams then request sensitive information from taxpayers including but not limited to detailed pictures of drivers’ licenses to commit identity theft and fraud. These scams can be recognized by awkward wording, requests for bank routing information, social security numbers, or other unsolicited requests for sensitive information by email, phone, or text. The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers via email, text or social media regarding a bill or tax refund. Never click on any unsolicited communication claiming to be the IRS as it may surreptitiously load malware. It may also be a way for malicious hackers to load ransomware that keeps the legitimate user from accessing their system and files.
For more information, visit irs.gov: