HOUSEHOLDS are being warned about a tax scam email pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The fake emails come from criminals who claim to be IRS officials and demand payment for a tax bill.

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Taxpayers are being warned about tax scam emails pretending to be from the IRSCredit: Getty

However, the outstanding payment isn’t real and instead you give up your personal and financial data to con artists – and risk losing your cash.

The IRS issued the warning on Twitter yesterday, saying: “If you get an IRS phishing email to lure you to give up personal and financial info, don’t reply to the scam.”

It added: “You’ve heard the story: con artists claim to be IRS officials demanding payment of a bogus tax bill.

“Don’t fall for it. Know the tell-tale sign of a scam.”

How to protect yourself from scams

BY keeping these tips in mind, you can avoid getting caught up in a scam:

  • Firstly, remember that if something seems too good to be true, it normally is.
  • Check brands are “verified” on Facebook and Twitter pages – this means the company will have a blue tick on its profile.
  • Look for grammatical and spelling errors; fraudsters are notoriously bad at writing proper English. If you receive a message from a “friend” informing you of a freebie, consider whether it’s written in your friend’s normal style.
  • If you’re invited to click on a URL, hover over the link to see the address it will take you to – does it look genuine?
  • To be on the really safe side, don’t…

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