Scam Alert: New Email Phishing Scam Claiming to be Official Washington DOR Communication

by Paul Carboni | Jul 26, 2017

The Washington Society of CPAs has recently been made aware of an email phishing scam in which the scammers claim to be sending a license renewal request from the Washington Department of Revenue.

Businesses are encouraged to pay extra scrutiny when receiving email communications claiming to be from the Department of Revenue and to contact the department is they are unsure about an email correspondence or have any questions.

The full text of the alert we received is copied below:

Phishing Scam Targeting Washington Businesses

OLYMPIA—July 25, 2017—The Washington Department of Revenue is warning businesses to be aware of an email phishing scam targeting Washington state businesses.

The scammers are sending emails that appear to come from Revenue and provide them with instructions to renew their business license using alternate links to the “My DOR” business licensing system.

Businesses are encouraged to be on the lookout for this, and other similar scams, and never click on an unusual link in an email.

To avoid falling victim to this scam, businesses should:

  • Confirm the sender’s email address is
  • Verify the expiration date on their business license document
  • Visit the My DOR website directly at and log in to review their license status.

More information about this scam is available on the DOR website at

If a business is unsure about an email correspondence with the Department of Revenue or has questions related to this scam, they are asked to call 1-800-451-7985.

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