The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is warning taxpayers not to fall victim to a fake email.
The email contains the department's logo and claims the recipient owes state tax on items purchased from Newegg.com and Amazon.com. The message includes a link to a fake payment website.
While it may look legit, the department's commissioner Kevin Sullivan said the email is fake and his office first heard about the message around at noon on Friday from a citizen who received it.
The email address for the sender of these bogus emails appears as email@example.com, which DRS said is not a valid address for the agency.
Sullivan said taxpayers should not open or respond to the email, and should not click the link.
The commissioner also said DRS will never send a bill by email, text or social media.
"Anybody who got an email bill about Amazon and Newegg today or any day after today, it is a scam," Sullivan said.
The email could be a source of confusion for taxpayers who recently received similar letters in the mail from DRS. Those are a real attempt by DRS to collect owed use taxes on purchases from Newegg.com. DRS said the online retailer failed to collect sales tax from its customers in Connecticut.
Sullivan encourages taxpayers to contact his office with any questions about tax bills or communications that appear to be from the department by calling (860) 297-5962.