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Electronic Phishing

If you checked your e-mail first thing Monday morning, chances are good that spam aplenty sat in the inbox, slyly hoping you'd click a link, fork over personal information, and surrender your money or credit card information.

While some spam may be humorous and all of it is frustrating, other spam e-mails can be downright malevolent. It's a daily occurrence, and people must be cautious reacting to suspicious e-mail.

Both the Internal Revenue Service and Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe are sounding the warning over what appear to be two new scams. The IRS states the agency has received more complaints recently about bogus e-mails that try to lure people into sending both financial and personal information.

"The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails asking for personal information," said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson in a statement. "Don't be taken in by these criminals."


» Texarkana Gazette - Aaron Brand - 13-07-2006

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