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- _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 '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.
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