Recently the IRS issued a warning about emails from scammers posing as IRS agents that lure victims into clicking on links and providing personal information that leads to identity theft. The subject line of the email reads “Claim your tax refund online. The grammar and spelling in many of these emails is pretty atrocious which is a red flag that you are dealing with a scammer.
One email presently being circulated reads: “We cheked an error in the calculation of your tax from the last payment, amounting to $927.22. In order for us to return the excess payment, you need to create a E-Refund after which the funds will be credited to your specified bank. Please click below to claim your tax refund. If we are unable to complete within 3 days, all pending will be cancelled.”
Of course, if you do click on the link it will either download malware such as ransomware or keystroke logging malware that will lead to your becoming a victim of identity theft or you will be taken to a phony IRS website where you will be prompted to provide personal information that will result in your becoming a victim of identity theft.
This is an easy scam to avoid. As I often tell you, whenever you get a phone call, text message or email that purports to be from the IRS, you can be confident that it is a scam because the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by phone, text messages or emails.
Also, you should never click on a link in an email or provide personal information in response to an email unless you have absolutely confirmed that the email was legitimate.
In regard to information about any refunds to which you may be entitled, you should go to the IRS website section which will provide you with information about any refunds to which you may be entitled. Here is the link.https://www.irs.gov/refunds
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