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January 2024

Got an email or text message about a tax refund? It’s a scam

Scammers are sending text messages or emails about your “tax refund” or “tax refund e-statement.” It might look legit, but it’s trying to trick you into clicking on links so they can access your information.

How? They tell you to click a link — supposedly to check on your “tax refund e-statement” or “fill out a form to get your refund.” But it’s a scam and if you click that link, the scammer might steal your identity or put malware on your phone or computer.

Here’s what you need to remember:

  • The IRS doesn’t send tax refunds by email or text.
  • Never click on any links. It can install malware on your computer or phone, letting scammers steal your personal information.
  • If you want to check the status of any pending refund, visit Where’s My Refund on the IRS official website.
  • Tell your friends and family members about the scam.

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