Service@irs.gov Informative - Tax Scam - Scam

Review by 57691 on 2008-03-20
I am posting this for people who read this site that may not have the knowledge to realize this is a scam. I just recently received an e-mail from service@irs.gov claiming had over $2000 in taxes due back to me. Since I completed my taxes in January and got them back in January (Yes, January, I did it through my job; a fantastic benefit), I knew this was fake. They also have a place for you to "click here" (which I did NOT do). I sent a copy of this to my parents and they received the same e-mail twice! I pulled this up on google and it automatically pulls up this site as a phishing scam. I would attach but I am still learning computers and I am not sure how. However, the irs has posted an address where you can report this scam: phishing@irs.gov and the site that I pulled up on google is http://fraudwar.blogspot.com/2006/09/how-to-deal-with-phishing-major-cause.html

As always, as many people on this site have already said, be careful and never give ANY personal information out online, over the phone, etc.. But with tax time around the corner who knows what people will fall for.
Comments:6 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-03-21
Posted by MSCANTBEWRONG on 2008-03-20:
Thank you for the information! VH
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2008-03-20:
If you rest the mouse pointer on the link that says Service@irs.gov or "click here" and look at the bottom (target address line) of your browser you will probably see the address is NOT the IRS website.

Basically, it is generally not a good idea to use links in an email unless you absolutely know it's safe. Note I said "know it's safe" NOT "think it's safe"!
Posted by D. on 2008-03-20:
Thanks so much for the information...I have a feeling they ask for people's bank account infor for "Direct Deposit"??? I will be sure to pass this to everyone I know.
Posted by FoggyOne on 2008-03-21:
This is one reason I use, well, phony names for my email. If I get an email to me, claiming anything from tax refunds to free Viagra, I know it is bogus. I just add it to the Spam list. Wondering about the free Viagra though.
Posted by FCO on 2008-03-21:
AMEN, I never use the link in an email. If I get an email and it says there is a problem with an account, I personally type the address in myself. Sometimes I hold the mouse over the link, to see what it says. DO NOT trust those links, because chances are they are "phishing". Unless you have emailed a company and requested that they return their reply by email, most companies will call you on the phone, they do not use email to get personal information.

As a general rule, "If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is!"
Posted by S. on 2008-03-21:
forcomplaints only, I guess my 'paranoia' goes even one step further. If I order something by phone (very, very seldom online), and I receive a call requesting additional information, I don't supply it. I ask for a phone number where the party asking for info can be reached. I feel more secure if I initiate the call. On the couple of occasions when this took place, I wasn't denied a number to call.

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