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Scam Alert: Hackers pose as IRS, now sending phony tax refund messages

KMPH – Fresno-Visalia 4 days ago Peter Lopez
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Scammers are back at it again, this time posing as those with the IRS.

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According to the IRS, scammers are sending text messages to people which mention tax benefits or tax refunds. While the text messages look legitimate, they are not.

“Know that the IRS won’t call, email or text to contact you for the first time,” said the IRS in a statement.

Instead, the IRS says they will send you a letter if they’re trying to contact you for the first time.

You can always confirm if the IRS is trying to contact you by calling 800-829-1040.

Do not click on the link that is found in the text message, as the IRS says it could give the scammer access to your identity and could open your device to malware.

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Anyone who receives a text message from someone posing as the IRS can take a screenshot of the message and send it to

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