(WVLT) -- The Internal Revenue Service is issuing a consumer alert about an internet scam.
In this scam, consumers receive an e-mail that claims to be from the IRS telling them they have a tax refund.
This e-mail is a scam!
If you click on the link provided, it directs you to a very believable website that asks you for personal information such as your Social Security Number and your credit card information.
This type of scam is called a "phishing" scam, which means the scammer tricks a person into disclosing their personal and financial information.
The IRS does not ask for personal identifying or financial information in unsolicited e-mails.
You also do not have to complete a special form to obtain a refund.
If you receive this e-mail, do not open any attachments to the e-mail, they may infect your computer.
You should also contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to determine if the IRS is actually trying to get a hold of you.
You can find more tips on how to protect yourself from phishing scams and identity thieves, by clicking the links below.