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May 22, 2008

Americus--With billions of dollars on the way to Americans in the form of tax refunds and stimulus checks, internet scammers are trying to get their hands on your money.

A state trooper in Americus got a realistic looking e-mail from a scammer, but he didn't fall for it.

The e-mail said David McLemore was eligible for an $184 refund from the IRS.

It linked to a page which asked for his social security number and banking information.

It's hard to tell the real IRS web site from the fake.

McLemore thought it was a scam and double checked with his tax adviser.

"It just sounded kind of weird and I have been the victim of a scam before, and so that's when I called my tax adviser and that's when I called my tax adviser and she did tell me it was a scam and go ahead and erase it from my e-mail," Trooper David McLemore, Georgia State Patrol.

The IRS told us, they hardly ever communicate with taxpayers by e-mail, and they certainly wouldn't ask for your private information that way.

Also remember, the main address on any real IRS web page is www.irs.gov.

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