Tipline warning: Watch out for fake I.R.S emails

I.R.S advice could protect you

C.J. Ward, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Anchor, cj.ward@keyt.com
POSTED: 08:16 PM PDT May 01, 2013    UPDATED: 09:35 AM PDT May 02, 2013 
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

This NewsChannel Three Tipline warning could save you from a lot of heartache. The I.R.S. is warning consumers to watch out for a new email scam. The subject line will say something like, "notice of tax return for year 2012."

The scammers use impressive words and phrases to sound legitimate. They claim you're due a federal refund of some kind and all you have to do is click on a link and give them all of your personal information.

NewsChannel Three called the I.R.S. and an agent said this scam is big right now because most people just filed their taxes and would love to get money back.

Here's what you do if you get one of these bogus emails: Do not reply and do not click on any links or attachments. Forward the email to phishing@irs.gov and if you still have any questions or need to verify any correspondence call the I.R.S. directly at 1-800-829-1040.

The agent also said they would never contact someone by e-mail, they only communicate through letters. And look closely at who sent the email, if it doesn't end in .gov it's not the I.R.S.

If you have a problem and need help call our NewsChannel Three Tipline at 882-3903.