Cops Caution about Scam IRS E-Mails
Police are cautioning residents of Clifton (New Jersey, USA) for being wary about scam e-mails, presently circulating online, thus published northjersey.com dated October 21, 2011.
Actually, Robert Bracken Detective Sergeant reveals that several Clifton inhabitants reported getting e-mails posing as messages from IRS. Northjersey.com reported this.
The e-mails tell readers to click a given web-link to know about their tax updates by the IRS after furnishing certain personal details.
But, according to Bracken, the e-mails aren't any IRS communication. They're simply phishing e-mails, which seek for eliciting users' private details. The Detective Sergeant therefore adds that the e-mails are clearly a scam that shouldn't be opened or their links clicked.
Moreover, Bracken states that the majority of scams of the above kind emanate from offshore during when the scammers utilize the public's private data for stealing identities.
Police added that the IRS was continuing to probe the e-mails.
Worryingly, according to police officials, scam e-mails posing as IRS communications were striking not merely American citizens. During the 2nd week of October 2011, one rogue e-mail spread on the Internet of Treasure Valley (west) (Ontario, Canada), which too posed as an IRS message.
An Ontario-based tax consultation company Dickenson Tax Service's owner Dee Dickenson stated that several people approached him telling that they got an IRS e-mail. Argusobserver.com published this during the 2nd week of October 2011.
What's more, Mr. Dickenson explained that the e-mails commonly gave certain vital info for people expecting the tax agency to make a refund. In the particular case, the e-mail from IRS told about the agency's inability towards processing the refund application as its records showed that the individual associated with the refund was no more living, he said.
The e-mail also stated that to get the above information, the recipient requires following a web-link and completing a certain document.
Now following the reports, Mr. Dickenson talked to the IRS fraud section that told him for notifying his clients that they should delete the e-mail without even viewing it.
Meanwhile, IRS reiterates to everyone paying taxes that it doesn't dispatch e-mails for, its mode-of-communication is solely postal letters.
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