While many senior citizens may be anxious to file their taxes to get a large refund, they may want to exercise a degree of caution with some unscrupulous emails meant to steal personal information.
The email scam appears to surface during tax season and has been the subject of past warnings by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. However, in a country with a poor economic climate, emails promising a quick refund may be too hard to ignore for some who are in dire need of financial assistance.
IRS officials warn that their agency does not send unsolicited emails about a person's tax account or ask for personal and financial information, AllHeadlineNews.com reports.
They also suggest people check the email address of the sender to make sure it ends in .gov and not .com, .net or .org.
The spam email attempts to steal personal financial information from people with a fraudulent message saying the IRS has done some calculations and have determined they are eligible for a refund, according to the article. All the person has to do is respond to the email with their Social Security, bank account and credit card numbers.