IRS Email Scam Pops Up in Seneca County; Be Aware

Published 03/29 2010 07:14AM

Updated 03/29 2010 01:25PM

 It happens every year around this time.  As you anxiously await your tax refund, scammers are looking for any opportunity to step in and clean you out.

The email looks legitimate.  There's an official looking IRS banner at the top.  Compare that to the actual IRS page and it looks pretty similar.

If you read the bogus email, it says you have a tax refund ready to be deposited.  All you need to do to get the money is click on an attachment and enter personal information: a Social Security number or a debit card number and pin.  That should raise serious red flags.  First, the IRS never communicates with taxpayers through e-mail.  Second, it's the IRS.  Your information should be on file.

Don't be fooled by these kinds of scams.  Be aware of any email that asks for your personal information especially bank accounts and social security numbers.  If you get an email like this in your inbox, call police to report it.

Click here for a link to the IRS page where you can report IRS scams specifically.

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