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
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.