July 1, 2011
We have all seen our email inboxes peppered with spam mailings. Right now there is a high volume of "official" looking emails claiming to be from the IRS. One such email states that your electronic tax payment was rejected and needs to be re-submitted.
The IRS never solicits tax payments via email. You should delete this type of email without clicking on any of the links on the page. Clicking on the link will download malware/virus to your computer which will send your personal information back to the scammer. The scams seem to be getting more authentic looking and tempting to the uninformed.
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