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scammers and thieves are after "your" information -- especially at tax time. news 10's lacey clifton is standing by live in terre haute at a local tax preparer's office. she explains what you need to know to protect your information. it's tonight's "consumer alert". [b2]tax season scams-live pkg many people are finally starting to dive into their tax returns. that's while -- many scammers are on the prowl for your money and personal info. it happens to countless people every day. "when i lived in florida i received a phone call saying that we owed money to the i-r-s." a single phone call sent panic through marcela alonso's body. "i was so scared, i called my husband, and i told him, 'what's wrong with our taxes?' i was freaking out." each year -- many fall prey to irs scams -- especially around tax time. larrison's tax service enrolled agent michael perkins says to keep your guard up this time of year. "this is not something the i-r-s will do. they will never call you. they will never email you, and just hang up. don't give any of these people any information. they're just trying to scare you and scam you out of money." "perkins says if your information is compromised, don't panic, but you do need to act. he says the first and best step that you can take is contacting your tax preparer." "they can guide you as to the steps that you need to take. the first thing you want to do is file a police report. that's a requirement that the irs is going to have involving this before they actually get involved and start an investigation." as for alonso -- her first move was going to the i-r-s website where she discovered the phone call was a scam. she says she encourages others to do their homework so they're not taken advantage of. "i think the great majority of people wouldn't know what to do. especially because you see all the time these big companies, their data, or information is getting breached." the i-r-s actually puts out a list each year called "the dirty dozen." it's the most popular tax scams people need to keep an eye out for. we have a link to it on our website wthi tv dot com. reporting live in terre haute i'm lacey clifton for news 10. back to you. don't forget -- april 15th falls on a sunday this year