BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to beware of IRS impersonators sending e-mails that could result in identity theft. Official say the e-mail looks official but could be dangerous to you and your computer.
"We're getting reports of an e-mail that appears to come from the IRS and tells recipients to fill out an attached form and fax it in," said IRS spokesperson Dee Harris. "Other scam e-mails ask you to click on a link and provide personal information online."
No matter what approach the scammers use, there are two things the IRS needs people to remember:
- The IRS never sends e-mails about your taxes.
- If you get a scam e-mail, don't access any links or attachments.
"If you have accessed a link or attachment in a scam e-mail, you may have allowed the scammer to download malicious software to your computer," warns Harris. "You should immediately scan for viruses and spyware, plus be alert for suspicious activity on your financial accounts."