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.