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IRS: Beware of "phishing' scams

IRS: Beware of "phishing' scams

February 28th, 2013 in News

The Internal Revenue Service says some residents have been receiving out-of-the-blue e-mails, claiming to be from the IRS.

IRS officials recommend recipients: do not reply to the message; do not open any attachments because they may contain a malicious code that will infect your computer; do not click on any links; and do not enter any confidential information.

"Scammers use the IRS name or logo to make the message appear authentic so you will respond to it," said Michael Devine with the IRS office in St. Louis. "In reality, it's a scam known as "phishing,' attempting to trick you into revealing your personal and financial information."

Devine stressed that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by e-mail and anyone who receives a suspicious email claiming to be from the IRS should forward it to phishing@irs.gov.

He said if you receive an unexpected call, fax or letter from someone claiming to be from the IRS asking about your taxes, you should call the IRS at 800-829-1040.