The Internal Revenue Service today warned Electronic Return Originators of an identity theft scam targeting EFIN holders. Fraudsters posing as a “contractor” for the IRS may contact EROs, suggesting they are verifying or checking on the ERO’s EFIN acceptance letter. The scammers may request that the ERO email them a copy of the EFIN acceptance letter and provide a telephone number to call for questions. As with all scams, this one can evolve and the elements may change. EROs should remain vigilant and take steps to protect their identities and taxpayer data.
EROs who receive contacts from individuals posing as the IRS should contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at to file a complaint. EROs who received a contact and disclosed their acceptance letter should contact the e-Services help desk immediately.