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IRS: Phishing confuses taxpayers, tops ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams

PHOENIX — The Internal Revenue Service issued a release this week warning taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2017 filing season.

Generally, phishing is a form of internet fraud that aims to steal personal information such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, user IDs and passwords.