Monday, June 19, 2006

Public service message

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, was as follows:

[IRS Logo]

"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?


Robert D Flach said...


I received the same email last week, but did not open the link. I am a tax preparer with 35 years experience preparing 1040s.


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If they're not trying to take your money, they're trying to sell you something, no?

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