Scammers, posing as tax agents, used to call or visit victims. But, now they're "phishing" -- sending out e-mails intended to trick people into revealing personal account information.
The National Association of Tax Professionals is based in Appleton. NATP analyst Cindy Hockenberry says links to clones of the IRS website and official sounding usernames add to the illusion.
Hockenberry says the IRS would never contact a taxpayer by e-mail and ask for a Social Security number.