12 On Your Side Alert - IRS military email scam

A warning for current or previous military employees — you may soon see a fraudulent email claiming to be from the Defense Finance and Accounting Services Department in your inbox.

The email says that anyone receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) may be eligible to obtain additional funds from the IRS.

The email is send from a .mil domain, but is not a real government email address. It asks for you to send copies of VA award letters, income tax returns, 1099-Rs, Retiree Account Statements and DD 214s to a colonel in Florida so you can be eligible for the extra money.

To avoid falling for email scams, you should look for these warning signs:

•Fictitious claims for refunds or rebates based on false statements of entitlement to tax credits

•Emails from unfamiliar senders asking for personal information

•Internet solicitation that direct individuals to toll-free numbers and then solicit Social Security numbers or other personal information