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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to be aware that tax-related scams using the IRS name are common during the tax season.

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for everything from email refund schemes to phone impersonators. A good rule of thumb is to be vigilant and suspicious of any unexpected communication said to be from the IRS at the start of tax season.

The IRS said it does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. It also does not ask for personal identification numbers, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.

Should you receive any suspicious emails, do not open any attachments or click on any links included in the message. Instead, forward the email to phishing@irs.gov.

You can find more information on how to report phishing scams on the IRS website: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing.

The IRS has other tips for taxpayers:

  *  Don't carry your Social Security card or any documents that include your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). 

  *  Don't give a business your SSN or ITIN just because they ask. Give it only when required. 

  *  Protect your financial information. 

  *  Check your credit report every 12 months.

  *  Secure personal information in your home.

  *  Protect your personal computers by using firewalls and anti-spam/virus software, updating security patches and changing passwords for Internet accounts.

  *  Don't give personal information over the phone, through the mail or on the Internet unless you have initiated the contact and are sure of the recipient.

The IRS has more information about identity theft at: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection and an IRS Fact Sheet on ID theft and refund fraud: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Combats-Identity-Theft-and-Refund-Fraud-on-Many-Fronts-2014.

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