Phony IRS Emails
I received the following from a client about a week after another client faxed me a copy of similar email she had received:
Subject: Is this a scam?-->> Tax refund - Online form
I got the below notice – supposedly from the IRS. There is a link to push – but I see the words –redirect- and I think this is some kind of scam to get my ss# or who knows what.
Do you think that this is legit or scam?
------ Forwarded Message
From: Internal Revenue Service <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 13:09:37 -0700
Subject: Tax refund - Online form
After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that
you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $620.50.
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-6 days in order to
A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.
For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.
To access the form for your tax refund, please click here
Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time.
Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated.
Internal Revenue Service
Copyright 2008, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. All rights reserved.
That URL appears to be in Japan.
That is one of the scams that IRS has been warning people about.
Snopes.com covered this specific scam on their site.