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Tomah Police warn of tax refund scam

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TOMAH, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Tomah Police are warning residents about a scam that involves IRS tax refunds.

Lt. Mark Nicholson said that they've gotten reports that people are receiving e-mails from the IRS asking to fill out a form to get a tax refund.  The form asks for personal and financial information.

It's what's known as a 'phishing' scam, where criminals take that information to steal money from victims, run up charges on credit cards, or even file fake tax returns to get refunds that belong to the victim.

Lt. Nicholson said the IRS doesn't send e-mails to taxpayers about refunds, nor require anyone to fill out any special forms to get a refund.

Anyone receiving a questionable e-mails claiming to come from the IRS should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the e-mails. Instead, Lt. Nicholson suggests forwarding the e-mails to phishing@irs.gov  or notify Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration toll-free hotline at 1-800-366-4484.

Both organizations work with the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team and various Internet service providers to have the phishing sites taken offline as soon as they are reported.

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