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IRS warns of possible fake IRS scammers

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The Internal Revenue Service is warning U.S. citizens of possible IRS scam emails and phone calls aiming at stealing personal and financial information.

The tax scams are using emails and phone calls that use the IRS name, logo, and a fake website that looks real. The scammers often send an email or phone call to lure victims to give up their information. The scammers then use the information to commit identify theft or steal money from the victim's bank account. Some scammers call their victims demanding payment on a pre-paid debit card or by wire transfer, but the IRS will not initiate contact with you to ask for payment in this manner.

If you get an email claiming to be from the IRS and demanding money, the IRS offers this advice:

-Do not reply to the message.

-Do not open any attachment or click on any links. They may contain malicious code that will infect computers.

-Do not give our personal or financial information.

-Forward the email to phishing@irs.gov. Then delete it.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be the IRS:

-Ask for a call back number and an employee badge number.

-If you think you may owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS employees can help you.

-If you know that you do not owe taxes, call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484 to report the incident.

-You should also report any incident to the Federal Trade Commission by using their "FTC Complaint Assistant" on FTC.gov. Make sure to add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

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