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Tax fraudsters swamp Internet with bogus IRS emails

Some even look like official e-correspondence

8:19 PM, Apr. 16, 2013
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The deadline for filing taxes may have expired, but cybercriminals impersonating the IRS in email scams - crafted to steal your tax refund - are just getting warmed up.

An estimated 95 percent of the email moving across the Internet in the past three months - and purporting to come from IRS.gov - was fraudulent, according to results of an email traffic survey supplied to USA Today by messaging security firm Agari.

"Like the sun rises in east and sets in the west, every year, come April, phishers who specialize in tax fraud come out to try to get you," Agari CEO Patrick Peterson said.Scams steal ...

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