The IRS has emphatically stated that they do not send out unsolicited emails. So, if you receive an email that appears to be from the IRS, but requests personal / financial information, then chances are it is a scam. People who fall prey to these emails may become victims of identity theft if they give up the requested information to the scammer or if they unknowingly open up their computers to malicious software.
If you receive an email requesting personal information that appears to be from the IRS, do not open it and do not click on any links. You should immediately forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org, then delete the email. If you believe you have become a victim of identity theft, contact our tax relief firm and we may be able to help you.