The Internal Revenue Service warned Thursday it has seen a fourfold surge this tax season in email phishing and malware incidents, targeting consumers and the tax industry.

The IRS noted the emails are designed to trick taxpayers into thinking they are official communications from the IRS or others in the tax industry, including tax software companies. The phishing schemes can ask taxpayers about a wide range of topics. E-mails can seek information related to refunds, filing status, confirming personal information, ordering transcripts and verifying PIN information.

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