Good Morning Gentle Readers,
That email from refunds@IRS.gov got your attention immediately. Didn't it? But it's a scam, so delete it right now. IRS doesn't ask you to claim a refund by sending an unsolicited email.
This isn't a new scam but it seems to have acquired a half life of U-235. Recently several of my clients have received these suspicious emails which include a link to a website or ask you to complete a Tax Refund Request Form. In either case, the requested information is personal and financial and will be used to rip you off.
The email also contains subtle clues that point to it being bogus such as misspelled words, code sections that don't match the taxpayers business activities, and clumsy language usage. Not as dorky as the Nigerian scam, but it would seem the schwinehunds are foreigners or not well versed in English.
Always remember El Jeronimo's rule: IF IN DOUBT? STAY OUT.
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