Tax time can sometimes mean scam time.
That's why the Internal Revenue Service is warning those who are preparing to file their taxes beginning Friday that tax-related scams are common this time of year.
In a nutshell, the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. The agency said this includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.
The organization also will not ask for personal identification (PIN) numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.
In a news release, the agency said that anyone receiving an email purporting to be from the IRS to not open any attachments or links and, instead, forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on how to report these phishing scams, log on to www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing.