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of Treasury Story About an IRS Scam Warning-Truth!
According to this story, the
Michigan Department of Treasury got an alert from the IRS about an
email scam. The scam is described as one in which people
receive emails saying that they are under an "e-audit"
and need to complete a questionnaire. The message says the
answers need to be emailed within 48 hours or penalties will be
assessed. Among the questions are requests for personal information
including Social Security numbers. The message warns
taxpayers not to respond to the message because the IRS does not
conduct "e-audits" and doesn't notify people of pending
audits via email.
Technically, this eRumor is not entirely true because it got a
couple of key facts wrong, but the warning is one to take to
As claimed, it was posted on the website of the Michigan
Department of Treasury. The IRS did not issue a warning
about this particular email message, however, because the text is
apparently from a promotional email, perhaps Spam, not necessarily
Still, the advice is good to heed. If anyone requests
personal information and especially Social Security or credit card
numbers, be suspicious.
real example of the story as it has been circulated:
The Michigan Department of Treasury recently received an alert from the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about a fraudulent scam being conducted
by e-mail, that you should look out for.
The IRS Criminal Investigations Division
sent out an alert to law
enforcement agencies regarding this scam.
READ and FORWARD to others,
so they might not be a victim of what could
seriously damage you
Some taxpayers have received e-mails from a
source indicating that
the taxpayer is under audit and needs to
questionnaire within 48
hours to avoid the assessment of penalties
interest. The e-mail refers
to an "e-audit" and references IRS
taxpayer is asked for
social security numbers, bank account
information. The IRS does not conduct
does it notify taxpayers
of a pending audit via e-mail.
That e-mail is not from the IRS. Any e-mail
of this nature should
be saved so that a computer forensics
can be conducted to
determine the originator. Law enforcement
should remain cognizant
of this latest identity theft ploy. And this
engineering exploit is
not limited to the U.S.A. A criminal in your
can also pull a scam
like this. Be Warned! More info at:
firstname.lastname@example.org - Federal Law
Enforcement Officers Association
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