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Hark the 12 days of tax scams

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The IRS recently released its annual list of “Dirty Dozen tax scams,” but there’s a twist this year.

Alert: The IRS posted a separate press release on each tax scam over the course of 12 business days. The postings started on Jan. 22 and ran through Feb. 6.

The IRS was able to provide more in-depth information by using the one-a-day method. Here’s a summary of the top 12 for 2015.

Day 1, Telephone scams: The IRS has seen an influx of phone scams in recent months. Usually, the callers threaten people with police arrest, deportation, license revocation or other actions. The number one scam on the IRS list is especially prevalent during tax-filing season.

Day 2, Phishing: This scheme often arises when an unsolicited email or fictitious website lures in potential victims and prompts them to provide personal and financial information. Once they have the info, the crooks can commit identity theft or financial theft.

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