IRS Warns Consumers About E-Mail Scam - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/17/06

IRS Warns Consumers About E-Mail Scam

The IRS has identified 99 different scams since November. 20 of those came in June and 40 in March during filing season. The most recent scams are bogus emails claiming to be from the IRS.

Here's how the scams work. You get an e-mail from someone claiming to be with the IRS. It says you are due a federal tax refund and directs you to a web-site that appears to be an IRS website. The sites contain forms or interactive web pages similar to IRS sites but have been modified to request personal and financial information. The thieves then use that information to steal your identity. This is considered a phishing scam.

The IRS says those with e-mail address in the education community ending in .edu are heavily targeted.

IRS Commissioner Mark Everson says, "The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails asking for personal information. Don't be taken in by these criminals."

The IRS has created an e-mail for you to send information or forward suspicious e-mails claiming to be from the IRS. It's phishing@irs.gov. More than 7,000 bogus emails have been forwarded to the IRS with nearly 1,3000 forwarded last month alone. For more information about the scam, (click here).

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