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New wave of scams looms over tax season

It's tax season and there is a new surge in tax scams.

The Internal Revenue Service is warning you about email schemes, phone calls and text messages aimed at stealing your information and money.

The IRS there has been a whopping 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents so far this tax season.

"This is definitely shocking and alarming," says Mark Green with the IRS. He says you need to know they would never contact you using e-mail, phone calls or text messaging.

The scams are designed to trick you into thinking the e-mails, calls or texts are official communications from the IRS or other tax industry, including tax software companies.

They are looking for information related to refunds, filing status, confirming personal information or verifying PIN information. 

Already this tax filing season, just over three weeks in, and the scams have already surpassed last year.

There were 1,026 incidents reported in January, up from 254 from a year earlier.

The trend continued into this month where the number of cases nearly doubled compared to the entire month of February 2015.

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