I thought I had seen a lot of different scams from incoming e-mail, but here is apparently a new one.
Last Friday I got a message from "Internal Revenue Service!" with the enticing subject line: "refund of $63.80."
The message, ostensibly from service@IRS.gov, was as follows:
"After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $63.80. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days in order to process it.
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.
Internal Revenue Service."
Hoping that I wouldn't pay the price for my curiosity, I clicked on the link, and saw that it asked me for full credit card information, which I am not going to provide.
This one is better than the usual Nigerian scam about the million dollars a stranger wants to split with you. Indeed, it's better than the phantom messages, ostensibly from Chase Manhattan or eBay, that I still occasionally get.
Has anyone else out there gotten this one?