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IRS: Don’t Get Scammed This Holiday Season

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Because so many people now prepare and file their taxes via e-mail, many are under the impression that the Internal Revenue Service uses e-mail to contact them about their taxes.

“The IRS does not contact taxpayers by e-mail to alert them of a tax problem or pending refunds and never asks for personal financial information through e-mail,” explains IRS-St. Louis spokesman Michael Devine. “These are common phishing scams.”

The IRS says many scam e-mails mention refunds, ask about a tax return, or threaten an audit if the recipient does not respond.

Devine says those receiving such e-mails should not open any attachments or click on any links because they may have malicious code that can infect a recipient’s computer.

Devine says anyone receiving an unexpected e-mail that claims to be from the IRS should assume it’s a scam.

If they have any other concerns or questions, Devine tells KMOX News, simply call the agency’s toll-free number.

“It’s really easy to remember…1-800-TAX-1040, like the form,” he says. “You call us and ask if we’re trying to get a hold of you, because we’ll know. And it could prevent you from accidentally giving away your personal financial information and getting scammed.”

Again, the toll-free IRS number is 1-800-TAX-1040 (1-800-829-1040).

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