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IRS Warns of Tax Scam

Scam uses fake website and asks taxpayers to provide personal and financial information.

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a warning about a new tax scam using a website that mimics the IRS’s e-Services online registration page.

The IRS’s page offers web-based products for tax preparers, but not the general public. The fake web page looks nearly identical to the real one.

Criminals use such fake sites to lure people into providing personal and financial information that may be used to steal a victim’s money or identity.

Taxpayers should be sure to not be fooled by sites claiming to be the IRS, but ending in .com, .net or .org. The IRS’s site is www.irs.gov.

To report a suspicious website that claims to be the IRS, send the site’s URL by email to phishing@irs.gov.

Also, taxpayers should know that the IRS does not initiate contact via email to request personal or financial information. This also includes other forms of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media.

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