People all over are gearing up for coming tax season.
However, identity thieves are also getting ready and hoping to take advantage of your information.
It shows up in an email. It claims the IRS has looked at how a person has handled their money and it offers a $63 refund with a simple mouse click.
"The IRS doesn't solicit anything by email," says Mike Dobzinski, IRS Spokesperson.
It is just one of many scams according to the IRS. There are so many scams they list examples on their official website.
"What they are trying to do is to get you to click on that email and to get you into another area where they are going to ask you for personal information. That is a form of identity theft. So rule number one is don't open it," explains Dobzinski.
The IRS concedes that it wants you to do a lot of business with it by computer. But, it promises not to do it in return, making this a bogus note and these scams have been traced all over the globe.
"They run all the way from Argentina to Singapore. We find they come from 20 some odd different locations but it’s hard to stop them once these things get out," explains Dobzinski.
The IRS says any legit computer address starts with IRS.gov. The IRS wants any of us who get bogus email to forward them on to them. That way they can investigate the new one.
But remember do not open them and never put your personal information out there unless you are sure who is on the other end.