Beware of 2012 Tax Scams

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Phishing

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information; therefore, if you receive an email requesting personal information from the IRS, you could be a victim of a tax scam called phishing. Usually phishing scammers send unsolicited email or create fake websites posing as legitimate sites to prompt victims to share valuable information.

If you receive an unsolicited email that appears to be from either the IRS or a government organization closely linked to the IRS, such as the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), report it by sending it to phishing@irs.gov.

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