The Internal Revenue Service issued an alert about a new wave of e-mail scams that use the IRS name to commit identity theft.

In May and June, taxpayers reported nearly 700 phishing incidents to the IRS in which scammers sent e-mail purportedly from the agency trying to lure the recipients into divulging their personal financial information. So far this year, taxpayers have reported about 1,600 phishing incidents to the IRS. The most common scams involve economic stimulus payments and tax refunds.

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