IRS warns about e-mail scam seeking private info

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service in Nashville is warning that scammers may send official-looking e-mails seeking private information now that the tax filing deadline has passed.

IRS spokesman Dan Boone said the agency never sends e-mails about taxes.

He said that because electronic tax filing is so common, people may wrongly assume the IRS will contact them online about their taxes.

Taxpayers who filed electronically likely will get a confirmation e-mail from the tax software company but not directly from the IRS.

Boone also cautioned that clicking on links in scam e-mails or opening attachments may expose computers to malicious codes that will infect them.

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