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Scammers Taking Advantage of IRS Stimulus

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Don't be too quick to get your tax stimulus check, it could cost you.

The IRS is going to mail you those checks, but it's an e-mail that's taking people off guard and putting them at risk.

Annie Parsinen is one of the people caught off guard by the scam.  

It tells you to go to a website where you can enter your bank information and get the check deposited right into your account.  

The problem is, scammers just want your information so they can steal money from you, often times with no way to get it back.  

If you go to the website, it's clearly not from the IRS.

"When we went to go check it out it turned into a website that hosted free websites for people," Parsinen said. 

The IRS warns that those checks will be mailed to taxpayers.

They'll never ask for your bank information via e-mail.  

Another sign it's a scam, the e-mail has the wrong date on it as the federal income tax filing day.