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    _Beware of The Stimulus Check Scam - WalletPop_ (http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2009/01/30/beware-the-stimulus-check-scam/) _Beware of Stimulus Check Scams
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 2, 2009
      _Beware of The 'Stimulus' Check Scam - WalletPop_

      _Beware of Stimulus Check Scams - iBerkshires_
      As the economic stimulus checks start going out,
      beware of the scam artists that actively make the usual rounds.
      This time, using the proposed "Stimulus Checks" as bait ...
      The most recent scams brought to the IRS' attention, are described below.

      The 'Rebate' Phone Call
      At least one scheme using the word 'rebate' as part of the lure has been
      identified. In that scam, consumers receive a phone call from someone
      identifying himself as an IRS employee. The caller tells the targeted victim that he is
      eligible for a sizable rebate for filing his taxes early. The caller then
      states that he needs the target's bank account information for the direct
      deposit of the rebate. If the target refuses, he is told that he cannot receive
      the rebate.

      The 'Refund' e-mail
      The IRS has seen several variations of a refund-related bogus e-mail, which
      falsely claims to come from the IRS, tells the recipient that he or she is
      eligible for a tax refund for a specific amount, and instructs the recipient to
      click on a link in the e-mail to access a refund claim form. The form asks
      the recipient to enter personal info, that the scamsters can then use to
      access the e-mail recipient's bank or credit card account.

      The 'Audit' e-mail
      Using a technique calculated to get almost anyone's attention, the e-mail
      notifies the recipient that his or her tax return will be audited. This is the
      first scam of which the IRS is aware, that uses this to get the victim to
      respond. This e-mail is a phony. The IRS doesn't send unsolicited, tax-account
      related e-mails to taxpayers.

      The 'Changes to Tax Law' e-mail
      This bogus e-mail is addressed to businesses, accountants and Treasury
      managers. It instructs them to download information on tax law changes by clicking
      on a series of links to publications on businesses, estate taxes, excise
      taxes, exempt organizations and IRAs and other retirement plans.

      The Paper Check Phone Call
      In a current telephone scam, a caller claims to be an IRS employee who is
      calling because the IRS sent a check to the individual being called. The caller
      states that because the check has not been cashed, the IRS wants to verify
      the individual's bank account number. The caller may have a foreign accent.

      What You Can Do ...
      If and when you receive a questionable e-mail claiming to come from the IRS,
      you can forward it to a mailbox the IRS has established to receive such
      e-mails, _phishing@..._ (mailto:phishing@...) , using the instructions
      contained in an article titled, 'How to Protect Yourself from Suspicious E-mails
      or Phishing Schemes.' Following the instructions, will help the IRS track
      the suspicious e-mail to its origins and shut down the scammers.

      Gladys Brierley
      PO Box 872
      Newton, MS 39345
      601-683-2094 bus & fax
      601-480-3181 cell
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      _Insured www.accurateinvestigation.com_
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      "Tough times don't last, tough people do." Robert Schuller

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