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IRS Tax Refund Scam
Saturday, 07 June 2008 04:56

The Millard County Sheriff’s Office has received local documentation of a well-known fraud involving entities falsely representing themselves through an e-mail as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The e-mail suggests eligibility for a tax refund and then directs the reader to a web page where personal information is requested and compromised. Many of the current IRS scams involve e-mail solicitation or “phishing” for crucial and dangerous personal information. The IRS and Sheriff Dekker suggest that if you receive an unsolicited e-mail purporting to be from the IRS, you take the following steps:

  • Do not open any attachments to the e-mail, in case they contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
  • Contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to determine whether the IRS is trying to contact you about a tax refund.

For more on the IRS Tax Refund Scam, please visit the IRS bulletin here.

 

Safe Tip

When on the phone, do not admit to a stranger that you are alone. Also, instruct your children, when alone, to say that Mom or Dad is busy and to ask the caller to leave a message or call back.

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