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NY officials warn of phone scams
Albany, N.Y. (AP) -- It's tax season, and New York officials are warning about tax collection scams.
State tax and consumer protection officials say scammers are calling people claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service or the state Tax Department and demanding immediate payments. Tax officials say New Yorkers should be careful about providing personal information or making payments in response to telephone calls.
The agencies also are warning of an email "phishing" scam in which taxpayers receive emails with the IRS logo claiming to be from the "Taxpayer Advocate Service." The email asks taxpayers to resolve an issue with their 2013 filing by clicking a link in the email. The webpage then asks for personal information.