The Internal Revenue Service, along with the state tax authorities and tax industry companies that are part of its Security Summit, issued a warning Wednesday to tax professionals to beware of a new two-stage email scam from cybercriminals who are posing as clients soliciting tax services.

A new variation of the long-running phishing scheme is now targeting accounting and tax preparation firms nationwide. The goal of the scam is to collect sensitive information that can enable criminals to prepare fraudulent tax returns.

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