IRS Warning You of New E-mail Scam

(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.

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