The Delaware Division of Revenue alerted taxpayers to a new and growing scam involving fraudulent tax refunds being deposited into real taxpayer bank accounts.

After the money is deposited, the scammers use various tactics to con taxpayers into turning over those funds.

Thieves are using schemes, including phishing, to steal client data from tax professionals. They use that data to file fraudulent returns and use the taxpayers’ real bank accounts to deposit refunds.

Finally, the thieves pose as the IRS or other law enforcement representatives, call attention to the error, and ask taxpayers to return the money to them.

The IRS warns that versions of this new scam may continue to evolve.

Visit irs.gov to view the Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft to learn how to protect against tax scams.

If an unexpected refund is received, call the Division of Revenue Fraud Team at 856-5358.