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Watch out for tax scams like fake emails from the IRS

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Charlie Mattingly Charlie Mattingly
Information from the BBB on tax scams Information from the BBB on tax scams

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Better Business Bureau and the IRS are warning taxpayers not to fall victim to tax scams.

One scam out there is fake emails which claim they are from the IRS. The subject line will read something like 'Income Tax Refund Rejected.'

"The bottom line is you are never going to get a unsolicited email from the IRS asking for your personal or financial information. You are never going to get an email from the IRS informing you about a refund period," said Luis Garcia, IRS spokesperson.

If you were to click on the link, it appears to take you to the IRS website.

"In some cases," said Garcia, "these crooks are doing it real time, they are taking your information as you are putting it in and opening up credit accounts and emptying out your bank account, so be very, very careful."

"The other way they do it is to plant malicious software, what's usually called Trojan software on your computer that lets them track your key strokes and then steal your passwords," said Charlie Mattingly, president of the Better Business Bureau.

Some TurboTax users have reported that they are getting emails from the company asking them to download updates, but instead it's a virus.

"Don't click on a link in emails," Mattingly said.

Mattingly also said they have also heard of scammers getting a hold of your social security number and collecting your refund before you have even had a chance to file.  

"Nobody is immune to these kinds of scams and regardless of how careful you are, you can still become a victim of them," said Mattingly.

The BBB warns you to be careful about giving out your social security number.

If you receive one of those bogus IRS emails, you're encouraged to forward it on to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. Also, if you believe your personal information has been stolen and used for tax purposes, you should immediately contact the IRS at 800-908-4490.

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