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Attorney General Stenehjem: ‘IRS’ e-mail is a scam

Published 02/13/2008, The Jamestown Sun

E-mails purportedly from the IRS are nothing more than a scam designed to trick consumers into revealing bank account and personal information so the scam artist can steal from them, warns Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, whose office has received reports from several citizens about the e-mails. The e-mails pop up every year during tax season and use a copycat IRS logo to fool people into thinking they are legitimate. Many versions claim the recipient is owed a large tax refund while others claim there is a problem with the tax return and the recipient should “verify” personal information. Some even threaten criminal penalties for not providing the information. One thing all the e-mails have in common is a link to a form that collects the information and puts it right into the hands of the thief.

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