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IRS worried about phishing scam

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Updated: 3/28 10:40 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- More and more Americans are filing their own taxes, making them more susceptible to scams.

People like Joey Holloway.

"It's easy," Holloway said. "Never had any problems with it before."

But, the IRS worries a new phishing scam might trick taxpayers out of their return, and it might be easier than you think to fall for it.

Scammers, claiming to be the IRS, are sending out emails to people saying something is wrong with their 2013 income.

The emails include links that take them to a website that asks for personal information.

The site does not belong to the IRS.

The IRS said to follow these steps if you get any of those emails:

1. Don't reply

2. Don't open any attachments

3. Don't click on any links.

4. Forward the email to IRS at phishing@irs.gov

5. Delete the email

"Just use common sense," Holloway said.

Tax experts also recommend that if an email seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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