New IRS email scam

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- A new scam could be coming to your email inbox that looks like it comes from the Internal Revenue Service, but don't let it fool you.

Two people in Texoma have already received the scam email. It says it’s from the IRS and that they owe you money. All they need is some information, but just because it looks real, that doesn't mean it is.

The subject line could read "tax notification" or "2007 fiscal activity tax refund."

It says to click on the link, and then it takes you to the IRS website. The site looks authentic. You can't even tell the difference between the real one and the fake one unless you click on a link.

When you do, instead of redirecting you, the same page pops back up. On the real IRS website, the links do work.

We called the IRS, and they already had reports of this scam, but they assured us once again that they will never ask for your information, especially through the web.

Grayson County Sheriff's Sgt. Rickey Wheeler says it may sound great that they want to send you money, but don't fall for it.

"The IRS has all your information. If they owe you money, they will send the money to you in a check. They will not ask you to log on to a website in order to receive your check. They will send it directly to you." says Wheeler.

Sgt. Wheeler also says most scammers will have your name, address and maybe even a driver’s license number, which is all easily found on a public database website, but if they ask for any other information- especially a credit card number or bank account number- it’s because they don't already have it.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2008 at 02:39 PM
    If I got one of those, I'd wonder how in the world the IRS would've gotten my email address, and then I would've deleted it. I can't believe people are stupid enough to fall for these scams.
  • by J Location: Denisons on Jan 25, 2008 at 10:43 AM
    I got one too about a month ago.
  • by ? Location: Sherman on Jan 24, 2008 at 05:04 PM
    I've gotten two of these emails and reported them to IRS...
  • by Steve Location: Denison on Jan 24, 2008 at 04:45 PM
    Make that "at least 3" people have received the scam email...and I got it twice. I forwarded it to the IRS.
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