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IRS warns of summertime tax scams

The IRS issued a warning that tax-related scams continue throughout the U.S. even though the tax filing season has ended for most taxpayers. People should remain on alert to new and emerging schemes involving the tax system.

With the summer storm season under way, scammers are taking advantage of these natural disasters and the generosity of taxpayers who want to help victims. Scammers impersonate charities, create fake websites with names similar to legitimate charities and some claim to be working on behalf of the IRS to help victims.

Scammers also are trying to trick taxpayers into revealing personal and financial information to steal their identities. Scammers will send an email that includes the IRS name and logo and include links to fake websites intended to look like the official IRS website. They may also send a link to a site asking for information used to file false tax returns and may carry malware, which can infect computers and allow criminals to access your files.

Other scams include phone calls trying to trick taxpayers into paying fake tax bills. Scammers will also call and alert taxpayers that the wrong tax refund was deposited into their bank account and ask them to wire the money back to them immediately.

A scammer may also demand payment on a debit card. The IRS does not accept this payment method and will mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. The IRS will never demand immediate payment or threaten to alert law enforcement.

For more information, visit "How to know it's really the IRS calling or knocking on your door" on www.IRS.gov.


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