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Friday, November 16, 2007

Fake IRS E-mail Scam Targets Refunds

The Internal Revenue Service posted a notice on its Web site warning individuals of an e-mail scam claiming to come from the IRS and the Taxpayer Advocate Service -- a genuine and independent organization within the IRS whose employees assist taxpayers with unresolved tax problems.

The e-mail says that the recipient is eligible for a tax refund and directs the recipient to click on a link that leads to a fake IRS Web site. The IRS recommends that recipients do not click on links in, or open any attachments to, e-mails they receive that are unsolicited or that come from unknown sources.

The scam comes in the wake of a recent IRS announcement that hundreds of taxpayers in New York and Pennsylvania are due refund checks.

In a press release, Michael Hastrich of CASH, a program the provides free tax assistance for the community in conjunction with local partners led by the United Way of the Southern Tier, says that efforts to obtain these legitimate refund checks should be done through the proper channels.

"All attempts to find out about available refunds need to go directly to the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov or by calling the IRS at (800) 829-1040," Hastrich said.
From Elmira Star Gazette.

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