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IRS urging filers to be extra vigilant in fighting fraud, scams

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The IRS urges filers to be extra vigilant to protect from scams during tax season.

The most common scams involve someone calling or sending an email claiming to be the IRS and in some cases even threatening prison or eviction to get you to send them money. The IRS also says to be guarded with any personal information like social security numbers or driver's license ID's. Some will use stolen personal info to file false returns in someone else name to get a refund.

"Be vigilant especially with phishing emails," said Special Agent Bret Kressin with IRS Criminal Investigations. "Don't just click on links if it prompts you for social security numbers or things like that. Don't just give that out blindly."

The IRS will never make an initial contact to demand immediate payments and the majority of their correspondence will be through the mail. If you suspect  identity theft or another scam, the IRS recommends you file a report with law enforcement immediately.

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