RAO Davao City

United States Military Retiree Activities Office Davao City, Philippines

E-mails claiming to come from IRS are bogus

Posted by Service Officer on May 8th, 2008

Release No. 05-04-08
May 5, 2008

E-mails claiming to come from IRS are bogus

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFRNS) – The scammers are already
starting to bilk people out of their economic stimulus payments by
sending bogus e-mails claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

These e-mails advise people to click on a specific link and fill out
the necessary information in order to receive the stimulus payment.

IRS officials clearly advise against responding or opening any links as
scammers are hoping to glean sensitive personnel information, or
attempting to spread a computer virus.

According to the IRS Web site – the legitimate one — the IRS does not
initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail.  Also, the revenue
service does not request detailed personal information through e-mail
or ask taxpayers for any sensitive information such as personal
identification numbers, passwords or similar access information for
credit card, bank or other financial accounts.

People who receive e-mails claiming to be from the IRS should report
such activity by following the directions found on the service’s site
at

http://www.irs.gov/privacy/article/0,,id=179820,00.html.

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