(WXOW) -- Authorities warn of scam emails claiming to be from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
The messages say the recipient owes tax money. If you see such an email claiming to be from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and includes an attachment, consumer protection officials say don't open the attachment and just delete the message. It could damage your computer or allow an identity thief to pull your personal information from your system.
"We've seen a real uptick in the number of emails and phone calls that are out there around tax time that claim to be from the IRS and we've also seen numerous scams where people claim to be from the FBI or the Federal Trade Commission," said Sandy Chalmers from the Div. of Trade and Consumer Protection.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue does not contact taxpayers through email or request personal information by phone or email. If you think you've received a scam email, you can file a complaint at the Consumer Protection Hotline: 1-800-422-7128.
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