~ Kari Paul, reporter for MarketWatch

If the IRS is going to contact you, they’ll initiate contact with a paper letter in the mail, an IRS spokesperson confirmed to MarketWatch. The IRS will only call you in rare circumstances. “Tax season is prime phishing season for cybercriminals,” said Atif Mushtaq, chief executive officer of Pleasanton, Calif.-based security provider SlashNext. “Because email security tools have become so sophisticated, hackers are using them to look for new ways to target users.”

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