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E-mail scam warns Wisconsinites about owing income taxes

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Scam Alert graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State officials warned Tuesday about an e-mail scam which falsely warns people that they owe Wisconsin income taxes.  

Consumer protection officials warned against opening e-mails which list a payment number in the subject line.  

One such document warned the recipient that he or she owes income taxes, and to open a spreadsheet before July 11th. Opening the spreadsheet opens the person to identity theft. And besides that, state officials say the Revenue Department never e-mails people about tax obligations -- and even if people don't get that clue, bad grammar in the notice should give it away.  

One note said, "You has the fines for income tax -- You gotta check out spreadsheet -- otherwise, you'll obtain lawsuit." It also identified the false revenue official as a "Chief" instead of a division head, secretary, or assistant secretary.  

If you get one of those e-mails, state officials suggest that you delete it, and not open any attachments.  

To file a complaint, or for more information, check out the Consumer Protection Bureau, accessible at Wisconsin.Gov.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)