Washington (June 2, 2004) -- Some 2.5 million non-resident aliens who receive income from a United States source are being targeted in an identity theft scheme, the Internal Revenue Service warned.

The scam, which has surfaced in South America, Europe and the Caribbean, uses phony IRS correspondence and an altered IRS form to trick people into disclosing their personal and financial data, which is then used to steal their identity and financial assets, the IRS said.

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