Attorney General Suthers Issues Advisory Warning Consumers About Tax Refund Scam

DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers today issued an advisory warning consumers about a scam in which consumers receive an email informing them of a tax refund. The email, which claims to be from the IRS, directs the consumer to a link that requests personal information such as a Social Security number.

This scam is a form of “phishing” in which the consumer is tricked into disclosing personal information. The information fraudulently obtained can then be used to steal the taxpayer’s identity and financial assets.

“With tax season underway, this is a warning to all taxpayers to be on the look-out for potential scams,” said Suthers. “To protect yourself from scam artists, never give out unsolicited personal information or open suspicious email attachments.”

Attorney General Suthers also noted that scam artists have become significantly advanced over the last few years, making their ploys difficult to detect.

“Some emails may use seemingly official information about tax laws and direct you to ‘secure’ websites, but these can be tricks to get you to disclose personal information.”

Earlier this month, the IRS released their “Dirty Dozen” Tax Schemes for 2006. That list, which includes a warning about “phishing” and other related scams that promise to reduce or eliminate taxes can be found on the IRS website at: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=154293,00.html

For information regarding tax refunds or if you suspect tax fraud, please contact the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.

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