Federal tax collectors are warning consumers today not to be fooled by a bogus e-mail that appears to come from the Internal Revenue Service and promises a tax refund.
The e-mail is an identity theft "phishing" scam that attempts to fool recipients into revealing personal and financial information. The e-mail directs recipients to a link that requests information such as a Social Security number and credit card information.
Identity thieves could use the personal data to steal a taxpayer's identity, use the taxpayer's credit cards, apply for additional credit cards or loans and do other financial damage.
The I-R-S said it does not ask for personal identification or financial information through unsolicited e-mails. Taxpayers do not have to complete a special form to collect a refund.
Taxpayers can contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to find out whether the agency is trying to contact them about a refund.
On the Net:Internal Revenue Service: www.irs.gov