Police: Tax season a time for attempted fraud

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— It’s tax season, meaning fraudulent scams are starting to appear across the nation as well as locally, the Craig Police Department reported Wednesday in a news release.

“One e-mail scam, already showing up in Craig, purports to be from the (Internal Revenue Service), indicating that the recipient is eligible for a tax refund due to the ‘last annual calculation,’” police wrote in the release.

To apply for the refund, according to the scam, people are asked to fill out an attached form.

The form, police noted, asks for personal information that “should never be given out.”

“This method of fraud is termed ‘phishing,’ and is used to obtain this personal information, which is then used to take control of your assets or start fraudulent accounts in your name,” police wrote.

The police department advised residents of the following:

■ The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communication through e-mail.

■ The IRS will not send e-mails requesting personal information.

■ If you receive an e-mail with an attachment, do not open it or respond in any way.

■ You can forward the e-mail to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov and then delete your message.

Residents are encouraged to contact local law enforcement if they have any questions about suspicious e-mails, telephone calls or mail.

For more information, call sergeant John W. Forgay at 826-2366.

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