The beginning of tax season is the beginning of scam season - and scam artists are already on the prowl, plotting to get your money. A new e-mail scam promising a tax refund is making the rounds online.
The e-mail, which looks like an officical IRS-issued e-mail, says the government wants to give you money. It claims, "After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity, we have determined that you are eligible to recieve a tax refund of $134.80..."
It goes on to request that you click on the link and submit your tax refund request - in the process, submitting your Social Security number and other personal information that could lead to identity theft.
To avoid the fraudulent trap, police and financial advisors say to pay attention to the details: the IRS would not send out a request or unsolicited e-mails. And before sending out any personal information, make sure you confirm the source of the e-mail.
Authorties also urge you to realize that as appealing as offers like this are, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.