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The IRS Sent Me Email, Or Did They?

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I just found this in my inbox (for an email address that wouldn’t be used for anything official):

Subject: IRS Notification – Please Read This .
From: Internal Revenue Service

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $63.80. 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, please click here

Internal Revenue Service

Needless to say, I didn’t click there. If I had, I would have been taken to a website on a server named arcdoors.com. The whole thing sounds pretty phishy too me.

You would be surprised, intelligent people fall for these things all the time. Out of curiosity, I clicked on the link they sent. As you can see if you click on the thumbnail below, the site looks legitimate. Don’t fall for this scam.

By the way, you know this can’t be legitimate because the scam email promises to process the request in 6-9 days. The real IRS is not nearly as efficient as the scammers and wouldn’t be able to make any such guarantee.


Updated May 26, 2009 and originally published September 30, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar James

That’s neat, I use the Web Developer toolbar and StumbleUpon as well. It looks like you’re missing the adblock extension though. It works well for blocking annoying website ads, though I still see a couple on this website :P

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avatar Luke Landes

I do have Ad-Block Plus. :-) It’s the icon to the left of the address bar.

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avatar Amanda Cantrell

I have filed my taxes through TaxAct.com, I also had an electronic direct deposit done. I had filed on February 1st of 2009. After all of my information was correct, I paid a filing fee of $16.95. I have been waiting for a confirmation through via email since then. I am unable to find out anything on the progress of my return. I have been through SEVERAL TOLL-FREE NUMBERS waiting to speak to a live person and it seems to never happen. This is my first time filing over the internet and I have nothing to go by but an estimated time frame. It stated when I confirmed my refund that it would take 7-10 days to recieve my refund and 24-48 hours for me to recieve an email. If you can help, please let me know how to find out more on my refund it would be a great help. I have (2) email addresses….amandacantrell@att.net and lilmomma2454@att.net. I have reciently been informed that it may take 2-3 weeks. What do I do???

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