State tax officials-beware of email scam

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New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) — Maybe it’s time to add an item to that age old list of things you can’t avoid-death, taxes and now tax scams. The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services is warning people about a new scam that could put a taxpayer’s personal information at risk.

D-R-S Commissioner Kevin Sullivan says taxpayers are receiving fraudulent e-mail messages about a ‘Connecticut state income tax verification exercise’. In the message, taxpayers are directed to go to a phone website that looks like an official D-R-S website and requests confidential information. However, giving out that information could lead to both identity theft and potentially lead to a fraudulent income tax claim in the name of the taxpayer, according to state officials.

Commissioner Sullivan says his department never contacts taxpayers in that manner. He goes on to warn people not to open or reply to the email even if it looks official.

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