Alabama Department of Revenue Cautioning of Mail Scam
The state Department of Revenue in Alabama (USA) has cautioned users about a mail scam that informs taxpayers that they're due an income tax refund.
The reports inform that the mail claims to be from the Department of Revenue of Alabama asks the users to click the attached link in the mail and fill up the form for tax refund.
The revenue officials alerted that taxpayers not to open any suspicious mails or any attached links as it can be harmful. The officials also claimed that links or attachments in the suspicious mails can carry harmful code that would infect the users' systems.
Also, the State Department of Revenue informed that it has not sent any uninvited mails to anyone concerned with tax details. It also alerted against divulging any private details like credit card PIN numbers, bank account numbers or passwords as providing these details can result in phishing scam.
The security experts commented that the main objective for using the name of Alabama Department of Revenue is for making the consumers believe that they have received a request for information from a reliable source.
They also added that the aim of mail cam is to deceive users into disclosing their financial and private details. Also, identity criminals make use of private data to target the users' financial accounts, apply for loans, credit cards, benefits, services, clean up their accounts, or to run up charges on their credit cards. This all is done in the name of the victims. Thus, the experts recommended securing the personal details.
State Revenue Commissioner Tim Russell said that taxpayers should be extra vigilant when they get any uninvited mails, particularly those asking for any sort of private details, as per the news by SELMA TIMES-JOURNAL on January 28, 2009.
Interestingly, the mail is quite similar to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax refund scam which also carries a mail promising a tax refund and asks for user's personal details. It also contains the logo of IRS to add credibility to it.
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