Avoiding tax scams

April 9, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Scammers are preying on tax filers -- stealing their identities and refunds. Last year alone, the IRS stopped more than $20-billion dollars in fraudulent refunds.

The IRS says there are things you can do to help avoid becoming a victim:

-- Guard your personal information, especially your social security number. And check your credit report once a year.

-- Watch out for IRS impersonators. The IRS never initiates contact through e-mail or social media to request information or notify taxpayers of an audit, refund or investigation.

--And protect your personal computer. Use firewalls, anti-spam and virus software, use strong passwords and change them periodically.