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Wachovia and the IRS are investigating a scam that asks people for their Social Security numbers.

A DeKalb County man -- Stanley Mislow -- is among the people in
metro Atlanta and the Southeast to receive a bogus, official looking letter designed to look like it's from the bank.

The letter says recipients must provide their Social Security to the bank or face a 50-dollar fine by the IRS.

Mislow tells WSBT-V that he was surprised to get the letter and says -- quote -- "It's a different kind of crime now." As he puts it, "They don't break into your house, they break into your bank account."

Revenue Agent Mark Green says this kind of crime is being reported across the country.