IRS Warns About Email Scam About Tax Refunds

Posted on 06. Dec, 2005 by in News

IRS Web ScamFollowing up with “Avoiding Web Scams – PART 1” the IRS issued a warning last week about a new phishing email scam in which consumers receive an e-mail informing them of a tax refund. The e-mail, which claims to be from the IRS, directs the you to a link that requests personal information, such as Social Security number and credit card information. This scheme is an attempt, just like every other phishing email, to trick the e-mail recipients into disclosing their personal and financial data.

The information fraudulently obtained is then used to steal the taxpayer’s identity and financial assets. Generally, identity thieves use someone’s personal data to steal his or her financial accounts, run up charges on the victim’s existing credit cards, apply for new loans, credit cards, services or benefits in the victim’s name and even file fraudulent tax returns.

The bogus e-mail, which claims to come from “tax-refunds@irs.gov” tells the recipient that he or she is eligible to receive a tax refund for a given amount. It then says that, to access a form for the tax refund, the recipient must use a link contained in the e-mail. The link then asks for the personal and financial information.

As you learned from Avoiding Web Scams – PART 1, The IRS does not ask for personal identifying or financial information via unsolicited e-mail. Additionally, taxpayers do not have to complete a special form to obtain a refund.

If you receive an unsolicited e-mail purporting to be from the IRS, take the following steps:

  • Do not open any attachments to the e-mail, in case they contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
  • Contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to determine whether the IRS is trying to contact you about a tax refund.

The IRS has seen numerous attempts over the years to defraud the public and the federal government through a variety of schemes, including abusive tax avoidance transactions, identity theft, claims for slavery reparations, frivolous arguments and more. More information on these schemes may be found on the criminal enforcement page at IRS.gov.

And be sure to look out for Avoiding Web Scams – PART 2 for more information on how to protect yourself this holiday season from identity theft, stolen credit card information, and other web scams.

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One Response to “IRS Warns About Email Scam About Tax Refunds”

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