WASHINGTON (AP) -- The IRS warns that Americans should be cautious about identity theft scams that have been making the rounds related to economic stimulus payments.
The tax agency says over the past two months alone, taxpayers reported nearly 700 so-called phishing or identity theft incidents to the IRS. And there have been about 1,600 reported so far this year.
The IRS says the scams usually take the form of phony e-mails or faxes in circulation that purport to come from the government, but do not, in fact.
Most of the scams involve tax refunds and economic stimulus payments.
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