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Oklahoma Residents Warned of Tax Refund Scam

The Internal Service Revenue (IRS) has cautioned Oklahoma residents to be wary of a latest e-mail scam claiming to be coming from the IRS.

Information related to the e-mail scam states that its subject line reads: "Notification to you about tax refund 2010".

The mail informs the recipient that after the last yearly calculation of his/her financial activity, the IRS has found that he/she is entitled to get a tax refund of $314.79.

Then there's an attached form which the recipient of the scam mail should fill for receiving the refund amount by clicking on a given link. However, clicking on the link takes the recipient to an imitated IRS page with the logo of the agency.

CPA, Chief Executive Officer and President of First Bethany Bank and Trust (Oklahoma), Jane Huskin, stated that particularly in a difficult economy, people facing financial problems may be enticed by a mail claiming that they only have to fill a form to get several hundred dollars, as per the news published by newsok.com on March 9, 2010.

In the meantime, with such scams in circulation, the IRS issues an alert message for the possible taxpayers who may be targeted. It informs taxpayers that if by chance they get a mail from someone purporting to be from IRS or taking them to a website, then they should better avoid responding to such mails. Also, it cautions taxpayers from opening attachments linked with these e-mails.

The IRS claims that if the IRS wants to inquire about anything, their first communication will be a letter or a notice that comes through mail.

Lastly, to help in closing such scam websites, IRS advises users (taxpayers) to forward doubtful e-mails to the agency's special mailbox, phishing@irs.gov. It also adds that taxpayers can forward the message as received or give the e-miafl's Internet header. The Internet header contains extra details that may prove helpful in locating the source of scam e-mail.

Related article: Oakland University Students Targeted by a phishing Scam

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