Beebe Warns of Tax Scams

JANUARY 6, 2006 - Posted at 3:55 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas attorney general's office is warning that consumers should be wary of scams that target people anticipating tax refunds.

Attorney General Mike Beebe says some of the scams are based on the Internet.  Beebe says that the IRS has no reason to e-mail taxpayers and suddenly ask for personal information.  Beebe says those e-mails, even though they are disguised to appear official, should be disregarded.

Beebe also advises against clicking on attachments in the fake e-mails.

Beebe says anyone uncertain about an IRS e-mail should call the agency at 800-829-1040.

The representative taking the call may ask for personal information, but Beebe says that's okay, when it is certain that the person really works for the IRS.

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