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Beware of Tax Scammers!

January 2009

Millions of taxpayers go online for tax forms, publications and other tax information intending to find this, the official IRS Web site, but not everyone ends up here.

Some people mistakenly find Web sites that are not connected to the IRS at all.
The official Web site for the IRS is IRS.gov, and all IRS.gov Web page addresses begin with http://www.irs.gov.

There are numerous phony Internet sites that impersonate federal or state tax agency sites. Scammers normally operate these sites to trick visitors into revealing personal and financial information that can be used to steal the visitors’ identity and access their bank accounts, credit cards and more.

Identity Theft:

Identity theft can happen in a number of ways.

It can start with an Internet search for the IRS or tax-related information that results in links to Web sites run by scam artists. It can also start with an e-mail. Some taxpayers have received bogus e-mail that claims to come from the IRS. These often direct the taxpayer to click on a link to a phony Web site resembling IRS.gov that asks for personal and financial information that can be used to steal the taxpayer’s identity. Such phony e-mail has been received by individuals, businesses and even charities.

As a rule, the IRS doesn’t send unsolicited e-mail and doesn’t use e-mail to discuss tax account information with, or request personal or financial information from taxpayers. Additionally, the IRS never asks people for PIN numbers or passwords for credit card, bank or other financial accounts, as the phony e-mails and Web sites often do.

In addition to Web sites run by scammers, there are commercial Internet sites that often resemble the real IRS site or contain some form of the IRS name in the address but end with a .com, .net, .org or other designation instead of .gov. These sites have no connection to the IRS.

To make sure you find the real IRS Web site, just type http://www.irs.gov into your Internet browser address box.

Feel free to visit our website at: www.efileflorida.com for more great tax tips and articles.

Related Items:

· How to Report and Identify Phishing, E-mail Scams and Bogus IRS Web Sites
· Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft

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