Email IRS Scam
The Internal Revenue Service, which is mostly known by its acronym IRS, is an agency of the United States Department of the Treasury.
One of its functions is to collect the money that is owed to the government and to refund that which belongs to its citizens.
On the 30 th November 2005, the IRS department released that there was an email IRS scam circulating. Please do not allow the date to trick you into thinking that as of today this scam has been put to a halt. It still persists today.
The Email IRS Scam
Individuals are receiving unsolicited emails that tell them they are entitled to a tax refund.
The email includes a link for the recipient to click. Upon clicking the link it will take the receiver to a site that will ask for certain personal information. Information, which includes your credit card and Social Security number.
Just as with many other fraudulent schemes, the aim is to use your information to carry out further criminal activities. Activities such as charging items and or services on your credit card, applying for different forms of credit. Credit such as a credit card, a line of credit and opening loans account in your name.
Therefore, it you should receive such an email, it is best that you do not open it at all. However, it you do open it for one reason or another, please do not click on the link.
What can be done is that you can contact the IRS department and enquire as to whether of not they have been trying to reach you. Also, it is a good idea to bear in mind that the IRS does not send out unsolicited emails to anyone. Do not be a victim of the email IRS scam.
Back to Our Scandal Archives