State attorney general issues consumer fraud warning |

State attorney general issues consumer fraud warning

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers issued an advisory warning consumers about a scam in which consumers receive an e-mail informing them of a tax refund. The e-mail, which claims to be from the IRS, directs consumers to a link that requests personal information such as a Social Security number. Suthers says the scam is a form of “phishing” in which the consumer is tricked into disclosing personal information. The information fraudulently obtained can then be used to steal the taxpayer’s identity and financial assets, Suthers said in a press release. “With tax season underway, this is a warning to all taxpayers to be on the look-out for potential scams,” said Suthers. “To protect yourself from scam artists, never give out unsolicited personal information or open suspicious e-mail attachments.”Suthers said that some e-mails that may look official may be tricks to get consumers to disclose personal information. For information regarding tax refunds or if you suspect tax fraud, contact the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.

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