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Beware of Tax Time Email Scams
Tax time is prime time for identity thieves who send emails to taxpayers as a way of trying to get personal or financial information, in a process called phishing. The IRS says that one recent approach is for scammers to send an email saying that your return has been flagged because of a document processing error. It asks you to click on a link to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for help resolving the issue. The email looks extremely official, and the Taxpayer Advocate Service is a real entity within the IRS.
However, the Taxpayer Advocate Service, like the IRS, does not contact taxpayers by email. Clicking on the link in this scam email takes you to a site where you are asked to enter various personal information -- which then is used by identity thieves. If you receive this or any email that purports to be from the IRS, don't respond to the email or open any links. Rather, forward the email to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org .