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Consumer Alert from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

The IRS does not ask for personal identifying or financial information in unsolicited electronic mail (e-mail), telephone calls, or postal mail.
An e-mail phishing scam has been identified asking taxpayers to complete an on-line application for a new refund. The e-mail contains an embedded link that will request personal identifiable information from the taxpayer. The email may also include official-looking logos. Do not be deceived.

Here is a sample of what taxpayers are receiving.

From:       Internal Revenue Service taxes@ irs.gov
To:           Taxpayer
Subject:   Your Tax Application Has Been Rejected 

In order to apply for a new tax refund, please download the new form for tax-refund applications, open it, complete it and send it to:  (embedded link

For more information about IRS-related scams

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