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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., along with Senators Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and James Lankford, R-Okla., sounded the alarm on the potential use of artificial intelligence
“In previous tax filing seasons, many scam messages could be identified by spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and inaccurate references to the tax code,” the senators wrote in a bipartisan letter to IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel. “By contrast, tax scams generated by new AI tools are professionally composed and specifically tailored to trick vulnerable taxpayers.”
The senators continued, “According to recent reporting, one cybersecurity expert demonstrated how ChatGPT can be used to generate scam messages from the IRS targeting families, older Americans, and small businesses. For example, ChatGPT generated a fake email from the IRS claiming that, in order to receive a $1,450 tax refund, an individual needed to respond with personal financial information.”
The senators urged the IRS to prepare for and counter these AI-generated tax scams, including educating taxpayers and tax professionals about the existence of these tax scams and what to watch out for. They also asked the IRS whether it expects these AI-generated tax scams to become more common and how these scams might evolve over time.
Source: Oregon Senator Ron Wyden