April 17, the new April 15

April 17, 2007
After the tragic events Monday at Virginia Tech, Americans of all colors, ages and sizes have heavy hearts – and 32 more reasons to keep the events in their own lives in perspective.

But, despite the difficult circumstances, you can bet that procrastinators are still anxious about the tax deadline, two days late this year due to April 15 falling on a Sunday.

And with the late trips to the post office and broken pencils comes a scheme practically as old as the federal income tax itself – tax-time phishing.

The scam has moved from snail-mailed letters to faxes to email. If Ben Franklin lived today, he might think it a certainty too.

One easy tip: The IRS does not – make that DOES NOT – send out unsolicited email. The organization does, however, provide tips for dealing with phishing.
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