E-mails Asking for SoCal Fire Donations Are a Scam

(WVLT) - The IRS is warning you about new e-mails that ask for donations to the victims of the Southern California Wildfires, but are actually a scam.

They say the e-mails appear to be from the IRS or another government sector, and actually have a link to a fake IRS website.

The IRS says you should not give your personal and financial information.

In addition, clicking on any links could open you up to more problems, like viruses and software called "malware" that can steal your passwords and other information.

The IRS says they DO NOT send e-mails soliciting charitable donations.

They say they also do not send unsolicited e-mails or ask for personal and financial information by e-mail.

If you have received any of these scam e-mails and clicked on anything, the IRS says you should have your computer checked for viruses or malware.

You should also closely monitor your financial accounts for problems.

To report any suspicious or questionable emails, you can call 1-800-366-4484.

You can find more tips on how to protect yourself on the Hot Key, by clicking the link below.

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