There are fake websites that resemble the IRS's official site. Fake sites are often used to steal personal and financial information. Fake sites may be made to look like the IRS's e-Services online registration page, which is only available to tax preparers and not the public.
Once a criminal has obtained financial or personal information, he can use it to steal funds or commit identity theft. The genuine IRS government website ends in .gov rather than .net, .org or .com.
There are also email and text message scams criminals use to send the recipient to a fake website. The IRS does not use social media or email to contact taxpayers.