Houston woman becomes taxpayer scam target

January 31, 2008 6:04:57 PM PST
Taxpayers beware. Crooks are searching the world wide web in an effort to get your personal financial information. This week, a Houston taxpayer got an email that seemed to be from the IRS just hours after she filed her tax return online. The email said an extra $129 was available. The taxpayer filled out the accompanying online form that asked for Social Security and credit card numbers.

Only after hitting "enter" did the victim realize the form was not actually from the Internal Revenue Service.

"He talked to the lady at the IRS and she said the IRS does not send emails and she said this is a scam," said taxpayer Judith Warren.

The IRS will never email taxpayers and will not call them either. If you get an email claiming to be from the IRS, report it.

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