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Warning: Fake IRS Email Scam

March 2, 2012, 9:50 PM by Angela Kennecke

Warning: Fake IRS Email Scam
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It's tax season and that means it's also phishing season for scammers.  Fake IRS emails have been circulating for years, but they are still able to reel in victims. 

They sure look official enough.  But don't be fooled by an email in your inbox from the IRS. 

"The IRS will never initiate contact with you via email," Shane Ferguson with the Internal Revenue Service said.

The IRS only contacts taxpayers the old fashioned way: through snail mail. 

"We're not going to text you.  We're not going to use any social media to try to reach you," Ferguson said.

The IRS does occasionally call people.  If you are worried about whether a phone call from the IRS is legit, there's an easy way to confirm it.

"You could get their name and ID number and call the IRS and verify that they are looking for something," Ferguson said.

When it comes to the emails, they are simply phishing scams trying to get your personal information to steal your identity.  All it takes is one click.

"That allows them into your computer to steal bank account information, passwords, PINs, etc," Ferguson said.

And that's not something the IRS will even ask you by mail.

"We're never going to ask for pin numbers, bank account number or anything like that," Ferguson said.

But the best thing to do the next time you get one of these is hit the "delete" key.

The IRS wants to see any email you get claiming to be from its office.  Take this link for more information.

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