News 12 at 6, July 6, 2007
You might want to check your inbox for any emails that claim to be from the I.R.S.
The Internal Revenue Service says a number of scams are going around with the I.R.S. Name on them.
A lot of you have some fear of being investigated by the I.R.S.
You know, you've paid your taxes on time, but there's always something in the back of you mind wondering if you did something wrong.
That's exactly what these emails prey upon.
The email comes in and says you are being investigated for tax fraud.
They look fairly official and they ask you to click on a link to fill out information.
Trouble is, once you click on that link you'll download what's called a trojan horse which will give the scammer access to your computer.
That could lead to your identity being stolen and your bank accounts being wiped out.
The I.R.S. Says these are all scams because the organization never sends out unsolicited emails and never asks for your personal information.
It can verify your identity through other ways.
And, obviously, it says you should never click on any of those links.
Just to give you an idea of how big this is, the I.R.S. Says it has received almost 18,000 emails from folks about these phishing attempts.
If you receive one of these emails, forward it to the I.R.S. at firstname.lastname@example.org