Email scammers target IRS return info

Tuesday - 3/29/2011, 3:38pm EDT

The email scammers are warning users of discrepancies on their income tax returns. The cyber crooks then requests users to sent their personal information via fax to a toll free number.

Krebs on Security reports the scammers are then using that personal information to re-direct rebate checks to a new address.

The IRS says it would never reach out to taxpayers via email. So if you receive and email from the IRS it's a fake.

If you see any tax-related phishing scams please send an email to phishing@irs.gov.

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