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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

Con-artists are not always easy to spot. Smart, extremely persuasive, and aggressive, they invade your home through the telephone and the mail, advertise in reputable newspapers and magazines, and come to your door. Most people think they’re too smart to fall for a scam. But con artists rob all kinds of people from investment counselors and doctors to teenagers and elderly widows of billions every year. It’s up to you to say NO. Use common sense and learn about old and new scams.

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