Nearly 80 percent of Americans feel vulnerable to tax scams, according to a new survey, but nearly 60 percent of the respondents said they do not know how to prevent or protect themselves from falling victim.

The audit defense service TaxAudit.com released the survey of 2,000 Americans on the subject of tax scams conducted via Toluna QuickSurveys. The findings revealed that 78 percent of the survey respondents feel vulnerable to tax scams, while 57 percent do not know how to prevent or protect themselves from falling victim. In addition, 88 percent of the respondents indicated they believe tax scams are a real problem in the U.S. and 20 percent say they know someone who has fallen victim.

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