KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Scammers are trying to make money off taxpayers who are waiting for their income tax refunds. The Better Business Bureau and Internal Revenue Service are getting reports of fake e-mails being sent to people that say there's a problem with their tax refund. Then, the e-mail asks them to click on a link and enter bank information for a direct deposit.
The IRS says it would never do that. David Tucker, an IRS spokesman, explains, "We do not initiate and we do not request personal information through an e-mail. So whenever people suspect that people are asking for social security numbers or other personal information, then they should not respond to that, they should not open those attachments."
The IRS also says to report to them any suspicious e-mails you get that involve the federal agency's name. Click here to report them and find out more about this scam.