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Facts You Should Know To Avoid Scams: Fact 1: IRS Does Not Ask for Detailed Personal Infomation

The IRS doesn't ask for detailed personal and financial information like PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.

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Facts You Should Know To Avoid Scams: Fact 2: IRS Does Not Initiate Contact Via Email

The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail and won't send a message about your tax account.

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Facts You Should Know To Avoid Scams: Fact 3: Do No Reply Or Open

If you receive an e-mail from someone claiming to be the IRS or directing you to an IRS site: (A) Do not reply to the message: (B) Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer; (C) Do not click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious e-mail or phishing website and entered confidential information, visit the IRS website and enter the search term 'identity theft' for more information and resources to help.

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Facts You Should Know To Avoid Scams: Fact 4: IRS Official Website

The address of the official IRS website is http://www.irs.gov. Do not be confused or misled by sites claiming to be the IRS but ending in .com, .net, .org or other designations instead of .gov. If you discover a website that claims to be the IRS but you suspect it is bogus, do not provide any personal information on the suspicious site and report it to the IRS.

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Facts You Should Know To Avoid Scams: Fact 5: Be Careful and Suspicious Of Any Contact

If you receive a phone call, fax or letter in the mail from an individual claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to determine if the IRS has a legitimate need to contact you. Report any bogus correspondence.

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Facts You Should Know To Avoid Scams: Fact 6: Report Scams Immediately to IRS

Details on how to report specific types of scams and what to do if you've been victimized are available at http://www.irs.gov, keyword "phishing."