Con-artists using IRS email scams to steal information

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Updated: 3/27/2013 8:51 pm
The Texas Tech Office of Information Technology today urged taxpayers to beware cyber crooks trying to steal personal, sensitive and confidential information through email scams.

According to the office, one of the most common tax scams informs the recipient they are eligible to receive a tax refund for a given amount. The email then instructs the recipient to click on a link, where personal and financial information is requested to receive the refund.

Some of the email scams may use the IRS name, logo, or website, and are hard to distinguish as a scam.

Warning signs that an email is an attempt to steal information: 
  • The email requests personal and/or financial information; such as name, Social Security Number, bank/credit card numbers;
  • Requests password or PIN;
  • Offers special tax refund program available by email;
  • Invites you to participate in an IRS survey and receive a stipend or discount on taxes owed;
  • Threatens a consequence for not responding to email;
  • Misspells "Internal Revenue Service" or tax preparation service name
  • References an IRS link that does not contain www.irs.gov.
If a suspicious email is received, delete the email without clicking on any links and contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
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