The Internal Revenue Service is alerting taxpayers to the new versions of an old e-mail scam -- which attempts to fool people into believing that they are under investigation by the agency’s Criminal Investigation Division.An e-mail purporting to be from IRS Criminal Investigation falsely states that the person is under a criminal probe for submitting a false tax return to the California Franchise Board. The e-mail seeks to entice people to click on a link, or open an attachment, to learn more information about the complaint against them. Both the e-mail link and attachment contain a harmful program that can take over the computer hard drive and allow someone to have remote access to the computer.

Similar e-mail variations suggest that a customer has filed a complaint against a company and the IRS can act as an arbitrator. These latest versions appear to be aimed at business taxpayers, as well as individual taxpayers.

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