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Tax time is fast approaching — and you can be sure that means scammers are aiming to do whatever they can to get their hands on your money.

That concern was on the mind of A.W., an NBC Bay Area viewer who came to us after he received something unexpected in the mail: two separate refund checks from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

A.W. and his wife hadn’t even begun to work on their 2019 tax returns yet. Why would the IRS be sending him money now? A.W. suspected it might be a scam, and he asked NBC Bay Area Responds to investigate.

An NBC Bay Area viewer received this check in the mail from the IRS, but he wasn’t expecting a refund.

IRS scams take on all shapes and sizes. The tax collection agency says a relatively new one works like this: hackers break into computer systems belonging to tax preparers and accountants. They steal customer data, and file bogus tax returns. Those taxpayers will receive a real,…

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