Email, text scam says they are IRS

By Mika Highsmith - bio | email

(WTOL) - With the deadline just a little more than a month away, taxes are on the minds of many. Whether you've done the taxes already or your getting ready to, here's what you need to know.

Dick Eppstein with the Better Business Bureau tells News 11, "There's a lot of scams. We hear about new ones all the time."

We looked at one phishing e-mail from the so-called IRS, claiming you have a tax refund. It says all you have to do is click on the link. But don't!

"This is not Internal Revenue. It doesn't even have your name on it," Eppstein explains.

If you click on the link, you are asked to fill out a form with your personal information. Crooks can sell it or steal your identity.

Another says you are getting a stimulus check. Some consumers do have a stimulus check coming, but it won't be until May and you don't do anything. Don't fill out any forms.

Last, is one that says there's been some fraud attempt on your bank account. It says 'Click here so you can get your money.' Eppstein explains, "This is the kind of message they text. It will say your refund is frozen. Fill out this form. But this is not how the government works."

The IRS does not initiate taxpayers through e-mail nor do they text.

Have you been scammed?

If you receive any of these scams, the IRS wants to hear from you. They're asking you to forward whatever you get.