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N4T Investigators: IRS investigating new tax scam

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The Internal Revenue Service says they are worried about a new type of scam targeting people's tax returns.

"You believe them, it's a very plausible scam," said IRS agent Brian Watson.

Watson says what makes this new scam unique is that it works by actually depositing money into your bank account.

Officials say scammers steal your identity and file a tax return in your name, then when the refund gets deposited into your bank account they strike. 

Posing as an IRS agent and demanding that you wire the newly deposited money into what turns out to be the scammer's bank account.

"There's a tax refund and you haven't even filed yet, so you do what most people do and cooperate because you know it's not your money," said Watson.

Officials say the best way to protect yourself from this type of scam is to keep in mind that the IRS doesn't call people.

"We don't call and demand money over the phone. We always start any interaction with a letter," said Watson.

Watson says that as part of this scam IRS agents are asking tax preparations businesses to be extra careful. Officials say most of the personal information used by criminals to file fake returns is stolen from tax preparation businesses. 

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