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Scammers Prey on Taxpayers Every Tax Season with Fake IRS Emails

Scammers every year wait tirelessly for the tax-filing season in an attempt to dupe innocent taxpayers with tax-themed scam emails purporting to be from USA's taxing collecting agency Internal Revenue Service (IRS), reported komando.com on April 14, 2015.

A new scam email entitled 'Dear Taxpayer' and bearing a subject line that refers to confirmation of payment for tax return request filed by the taxpayer the fake email tells the recipient that he is receiving this email as his request for tax return has been processed. He can find an attachment that contains a replica of the approved 1040A form as submitted by him that also holds all his personal credentials. On the concluding page, he can also get the details of wire transfer confirmation given by the bank.

The simplest and quickest way to identify that this email is indeed fraudulent is the attached document. High-profile companies do not employ simple emails along with attachments to communicate something important to their clients. And if they do make use it, they always do so via a PDF, never a Word doc. The attached doc may enclose virus, or some sort of guidelines that may con you of your personal details or hard-earned money.

Other ways to classify this email as phony are the details fetched in it. You may be still waiting for your refund and the refund value in the email is a complete mismatch to the amount expected by you. Moreover, you employed a different payment technique. Idle ways for tax payment or receive a return are direct deposits, paper checks or card. Wire transfer isn't one of them.

Tax-season serves as a fruitful time for cyber crooks that continually target individuals who intend to keep a healthy relation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and are unknown to such kind of scams. Regardless of serious steps being taken by IRS in association with tech-savvy taxpayers, tax-themed scams persist endlessly. Consequently, victims harassed by tax-scams should without fail clear their names by reporting their case to the IRS as well as to the Police, security pundits analyzing these tax-themed online scams comment.

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