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Phony Tax E-Mails Abound During This Filing Season [AUDIO]

E-mail ‘wolves’ are out in great numbers during this tax season, sending out lots of phony solicitations to prepare your returns.

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It turns out they just want to steal your identity…and your money.

The phony e-mails request Social Security numbers or bank account numbers or other personal info from the unwary. These so-called, “phishers” sometimes seek to seize control of your computer with a virus if you click on an e-mail attachment.

IRS spokeswoman Diane Besuner says ignore and delete any e-mails asking for personal financial stuff.

She says as a rule of thumb, if you are choosing a new tax preparer, you should be using care in choosing them. Besunder says the degree of care should be equivalent to the care you would use to select a doctor or a lawyer or any other professional.

In the past, the phishers posed as the IRS. But many have now switched gears and solicit as tax preparers.

Complicating the whole tax e-mail situation: some tax preparers who have been legitimately engaged by a tax payer may send out advisory e-mails to keep a customers up to speed on the status of their refund. But some crooks can also pose e-mails that carry that same air of authenticity.

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