DALLAS - If you get an e-mail about your tax refund that appears to be from the Internal Revenue Service, don't be fooled. It's probably coming from internet thieves looking to steal your personal information, like credit card or bank account numbers.
"Many folks have tax refunds coming back this time of year, and crooks might take advantage of that fact," said Clay Sanford, a Dallas IRS spokesman. "We just don't send unsolicited e-mails about any subject, including refunds."
Sanford said if the IRS needs to contact you, they will generally send a notice or letter through the U.S. Mail. Delete bogus IRS e-mails or forward them to email@example.com.