For Immediate Release
May 20, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
SCAM ALERT: IRS DOES NOT CONTACT TAXPAYERS VIA E-MAIL
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn the public about a scam circulating via e-mail in which it appears the IRS is indicating the recipient is eligible for a tax refund.
The link that is on the e-mail asking for your personal information and credit card number is an imposter site.
The IRS never
offers refunds through e-mail or sends out unsolicited e-mails. If you should
receive something similar to the example below, simply delete it. You can also
report it by going directly to the IRS web site at
www.irs.gov. Do not follow any links through the e-mail messages.
From: Internal Revenue Service [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 8:05 AM
Subject: Tax Notification
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
United States Department of the Treasury
After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $184.80.
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us
6-9 days in order to process it.
A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.
For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.
To access the form for your tax refund, use the following personalized link:
Internal Revenue Service
Document Reference: (0x7C.0xDB11D1).
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