Investigators from the Treasury Department's watchdog agency, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, plan to discuss the impact of phishing schemes on tax professionals at a series of two-day IRS Tax Forums around the country.

In a phishing scheme, an unsolicited e-mail message directs victims to a fraudulent Web site that requests financial information such as credit card or bank account numbers, or other sensitive financial information. In 2007, an average of two host Web sites surfaced each day, but that number has risen to eight this year, according to TIGTA.

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