Good Morning Gentle Readers,
The email drops into your box looking all official-like and suggests that there is an income tax refund you overlooked. This perks you right up so you click on the link that takes you to an official-looking Web site. After all, F J Raymond was right, next to being shot at missed, nothing is quite as satisfying as a tax refund.
So there you are and the web site asks for your social security and credit card number. In a variation of this scheme, the email announces an impending audit that could be resolved by divulging selected private financial information.
Main rule here: IRS never uses e-mail to initiate contact with taxpayers.
Wrong jargon: IRS does not refer to an audit as an audit, they're exams or examinations.
But you guys all know this stuff anyway and nodody is going to fork over personal information to a website under those circumstances. Are they?
And on a related note: An email arrives from the Social Security Administration informing you that your identity has been thieved. Details here.