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Maryland Comptroller, IRS Alert about Phishing E-mail Targeting Military Employees

Peter Franchot Comptroller of Maryland (USA) along with IRS (Internal Revenue Service) is cautioning residents of Maryland that one fake e-mail scam is circulating online as its messages talk about unlawful defense-related issues, published Washingtonexaminer.com in news dated June 6, 2012.

Seemingly arriving from DFAS (Defense Finance and Accounting Services), the fake electronic mail also shows certain .mil domain; however, the id isn't actually that of the government.

Evidently, it is stated in the e-mail that through the dispatch of copies of Income-tax filings, Retiree Account Statements, VA award correspondences, DD 214s as well as 1099-Rs to a Florida e-mail id of a colonel, present beneficiaries of VA disability reimbursement are eligible for getting more payments from the Internal Revenue Service.

But according to a DFAS-issued alert, people getting the e-mail mustn't abide by its directions since that would amount to surrendering their personal information into the hands of total strangers, as a result, leading to financial loss for them.

Further according to Franchot, during the current hard economic conditions, deceitful individuals look to exploit others' weak areas. Although a sudden windfall may appear extremely attractive, the Comptroller's Office advises Marylanders against believing the lure, he adds. Chestertownspy.com published Franchot's statement on June 5, 2012.

However, to save people from getting preyed upon with the above stated e-mail scam, Franchot's office cautioned citizens paying taxes for being watchful about one, any false promises of rebates or refunds from tax credit entitlements; two, electronic mails from unknown sources requesting personal information; three, online communications, which take users onto toll-free numbers, followed with asking for their Social Security Numbers; and four, in case of getting any dubious correspondence from Internal Revenue Service alternatively the Office of the Comptroller, to verify the message's authenticity by calling that office.

Meanwhile, in a similar e-mail scam targeting defense personnel during April 2012, employees and retirees from military service, and civilian workers getting compensation allowance for disability were tricked with so-called extra reimbursement due to disability, while actually directing the particular e-mail recipients for surrendering their private details. The e-mail was reported as being from DFAS.

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