Saturday, January 10, 2009

Phishing with the IRS

Care to go phishing?

There is a scam going around that can cost you a lot of money. You get an email that looks and feels like it is from the IRS. It says that you are owed a refund of a minor amount of money. You are supposed to click the link and that is when you will realize that you’ve made a mistake. If you click the link you will either be directed to a phony IRS site or asked for personal information, such as your bank account numbers. Now the money will start flowing out of your bank account, not into it.

Think about it. How did the IRS get your email address? Why would they owe you money? Don’t forget, the IRS likes to collect money, not pay it out. This is just one of those things that is too good to be true.

The IRS does NOT use email to transact business. Should you get one of these emails, delete it immediately. Do not click on any links and do not provide any personal information.

Click this link (to the real IRS Web site) if you want more information.,,id=179820,00.html?portlet=5

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