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Alabama Taxpayers Cautioned about Fake E-mails

The Alabama tax information supplier, Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) recently cautioned taxpayers about a scam e-mail that apparently told taxpayers they were winners of prizes like gift cards that the ADOR had issued, thus published oanow.com dated August 5, 2012.

But says ADOR that anybody getting an e-mail, which asserts it's from the Department, while solicits his financial or other personal details, must avoid answering it. For, the Alabama Department of Revenue doesn't ever encourage taxpayers to interact via e-mail.

Specifically, the Department cautioned taxpayers that they mustn't view any doubtful electronic mail nor click any web-link. Also, they mustn't give out their credit card Personal Identification Number (PIN), bank account, alternatively account password and the like financial or other personal detail.

And while emphasizing extreme care from the end of taxpayers, Julie P. Magee, Revenue Commissioner stated that consumers must ignore unsolicited e-mails whatever were their source particularly if they asked for any financial or other personal info. Oanow.com published this.

ADOR also suggested that people should examine the settings for personal online accounts like banking accounts to know whether there was any unusual operation especially when they doubted they'd been victimized with ID-theft. Incase of a doubt, they must inform the Federal Trade Commission regarding the incident via the Internet. Besides, if they received dubious e-mails pretending to be official communications, there was also the facility for dialing the hotline number of ADOR and report the same, officials urged.

Worryingly, according to security analysts who examined the current electronic mail scam, it's because of the above kinds of fraudulent e-mail campaigns that phishing and related Internet sites have increased, especially in USA. Their verdict received the backing of the just-published monthly report by RSA that states that USA continues to let phishing websites thrive comfortably on its cyber-space. In fact, approximately sixty percent of the entire number of phishing sites can be found in USA, the report reveals.

Meanwhile, like ADOR, during August 2012, phishing e-mails targeted the Texas Workforce Commission too when e-mails purporting to be from the government agency seemed to present the e-mail recipient a gift card free-of-cost.

Related article: Alabama Department of Revenue Cautioning of Mail Scam

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