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Residents of Floyd County Receives Dubious IRS Tax Refund E-mails

According to the Sheriff's Department of Floyd County, local inhabitants have reported of receiving dubious e-mails which claims Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to be the sender, according to the news published by NEWSANDTRIBUNE.com on March 26, 2010.

Police believe that some of these suspicious e-mails which may give a genuine look and carry the IRS logo, belong to a phishing scam plotted to procure financial information of the consumers and to execute identity theft. As the deadline to submit taxes nears, more con artists pretend to be IRS agents.

Experts said that scammers posing as IRS representative will typically either call someone or send an e-mail, claiming to be from IRS, saying that the recipient is eligible for a surprising refund or a refund much bigger than expected. To claim this refund, the consumer must give his details for verification, sometimes asking for his bank account number.

According to the official website of IRS, irs.gov, it neither delivers unsolicited e-mails, nor discuss about the information on tax rebates or discounts through e-mails. It does not use e-mail to ask for sensitive personal and financial information. Also, the IRS never requests its consumers to provide information for the security of financial accounts like their PIN (Personal Identification Numbers).

Any user with a phone, fax machine or a computer can receive scam e-mail or visit a phony website by simply clicking a fake link or an authentic looking advice, warned IRS.

As the deadline of April 15 to file federal income tax nears, Christopher Miller, an IRS spokesman, said that IRS wants taxpayers to be watchful of scams, frauds and schemes, particularly now, as per the news published by DesMoinesRegister.com.com on March 28, 2010.

Meanwhile, officials stated that if a user receives a dubious e-mail that claims to be sent from the IRS, he must not respond, or click on the links attachments. They shall delete that e-mail after forwarding it to phishing@irs.gov.

He said that notably, well-intentioned and honest taxpayers will remain immune to this problem.

The only legal website of IRS is www.irs.gov.

A user is free to call at the number 1-800-829-1040 if he receives any sort of communication claiming from IRS, to find out if the IRS wants to contact the person.

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