The Internal Revenue Service is warning senior citizens, working families, church members and other potential victims to beware of an emerging tax scam that tempts them into filing fraudulent tax returns claiming bogus refunds.

The scheme promises refunds to people who have little or no income and normally don’t have a tax filing requirement. The scam promoters inform victims about a tax refund or nonexistent stimulus payment based on the American Opportunity Tax Credit, even if the victim was not enrolled in or paying for college.

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