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January 15, 2014

Forget the Phonies: Avoid Identity Theft

Be wary of emails you get asking for personal information. Tax identity thieves may send phony "phishing" emails that appear to be from the IRS. These emails will ask you to call a phone number or click a link to enter your personal information.

Don't do it! The IRS doesn't email or text people to get personal information - they send information by mail instead.

As when dealing with any suspect online or offline communication, contact the IRS directly to find out if the request is legitimate. The IRS offers live phone assistance as well as regional centers that provide face to face service.

Original photo by by pinguino k [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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