Published: Jul 12, 2011 11:25 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 12, 2011 10:25 PM EDT

MARCO ISLAND, Fla.- A new email scam is attempting to trick taxpayers into giving up very personal information.

"I was just checking my emails like I do everyday, and it said from the IRS," Lisa Gandy said.

Gandy almost fell for the latest scam hitting inboxes everywhere. This one claims to be from the IRS, stating tax return information was filed incorrectly.

"We do extensions with our tax returns every year, so I thought maybe there was an issue with the extension or something," Gandy said Tuesday.

Iberia Bank Vice President Keith Dameron studies scams. He says clicking the attachment exposes your computer to a virus and spyware that can trace your every keystroke.

"At the minimum, the victim will fill out the form and then email it back, so that the scammers have their personal information, thus their identity," Dameron said Tuesday.

Your best bet to stay safe: be hesitant in disclosing personal data over the Internet.

"Reputable organizations, banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, the government, they do not come with requests to fill out personal information online. They don't do it," Dameron said.

Dameron says scammers specifically target the elderly and areas with a high concentration of older people. He recommends investing in anti-virus software for your computer and buying a diamond-cut shredder.