With tax filing season underway scam artists are stepping up their efforts to get your money here's how to protect yourself. -- stark of money magazine with tips for tax filing season. The utterances warning that several dangerous tax scams the top one -- identity theft. Thieves steal your Social Security number birth date and other identifying information. Then they file the return in your name and pocket your refund before you've had time to file. Telephone scams are also on the rise. With callers claiming to be from the IRS warning -- past due taxes or refund -- and asking for personal information. If you get such a call hang up and call the IRS Specter likely. Fishing is another problem scammer is lured victims with unsolicited emails are fake web sites. Remember the -- wrist is not initiate contact with an email to request personal information. For more ways disabling your taxes check out money magazine. I -- stark.