By Bernie Becker - 03/02/12 11:37 PM EST
In its release, the IRS said it was rejecting more and more of the fraudulent claims in recent weeks. For the most part, the agency said the scam artists would tell victims that they were eligible for a refund even if they went to school years ago.
In addition to senior citizens, the agency said those pushing the scam have also targeted churches.
Among other clues, the IRS also warns taxpayers to be mindful of homemade flyers and brochures, unknown tax preparation services and Internet solicitations that ask for Social Security numbers.