- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginia taxpayers to be aware of an email scam claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

Morrisey says with tax season is in full swing, scammers are busy trying to steal personal information.

In this particular scam, consumers receive an email telling them they’re eligible for a refund. They are then directed to a third-party website and asked to provide vital personal and financial information.

Morrisey says consumers should view any email offering prizes, rewards or even a tax refund with a degree of skepticism.

Those who believe they’ve been involved in a scam are asked to call the state attorney general’s office’s Consumer Protection Division at 800-368-8808 or visit www.wvago.gov .

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