Warning: Tax scammers pose as IRS

COLUMBUS — As Ohioans file taxes and await their tax refunds, Attorney General Richard Cordray today warned that scammers are using IRS phishing ploys to try to steal personal information.

"This tax season, scammers are pretending to be the IRS to make their ploys seem legitimate," Cordray said. "They're using the IRS logo to send phony e-mails with phony tax information. The real IRS won't send e-mails to discuss this information."

In one case, a Washington County consumer reported receiving an e-mail message on IRS letterhead. The message said the IRS would send her tax refund to her credit card company. Suspiciously, her husband, who filed jointly, did not receive this message. To receive her refund, the e-mail said the consumer had to click on a link that said "Complete Formular."

Similarly, a Franklin County consumer received an official-looking e-mail that indicated she was eligible for an additional IRS refund.

Cordray reminded consumers that the IRS does not discuss tax account information with consumers via e-mail.

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