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Scam Alert

Phony tax fraud e-mail tempts consumers
Just as we warned you about bogus e-mails appearing to come from the FDIC, you shouldn't believe any e-mail that claims to be from the IRS.

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A phishing Web site was recently shut down when authorities discovered the site was attempting to trick consumers into revealing their personal information -- and open themselves up to identity theft. Consumers were led to the site by an e-mail that claimed the recipient was under investigation for tax fraud and should follow an included link (which led to the phishing site) and provide information to "help" the investigation.

Although this site has been shut down, consumers should watch for any copycat fraudsters trying to pull the same scam.

If you believe you may have fallen victim to this scam or receive a similar e-mail that you suspect is a scam, call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration fraud hotline at 1-800-366-4484.



Read about more scams.

 
-- Posted: May 6, 2004
   

 

 
 
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