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IRS Warns About E-Mail Survey Scam

Posted August 28, 2007

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— The Internal Revenue Service is warning people about a new e-mail scam.

The scam offers taxpayers $80 to fill out an online customer satisfaction survey. Scammers can then use the information to steal your identity.

The IRS also recently warned Internet users about an e-mail scam that promises a tax refund and asks users to enter bank information.

IRS officials said they do not initiate contact with anyone through e-mail.

If you receive a suspicious e-mail, you are asked to forward it to government investigators at phishing@irs.org.


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  • Timbo Aug 29, 2007

    "IRS Satisfaction Survey"? I would think they'd get better results with "A Sharp Stick in Your Eye Survey".

  • blablah Aug 29, 2007

    Well actually the two emails I received mentioned the fact that I claimed EIC I was entitled to a refund ($98 both times). I forwarded the email as suggested and haven't received another one. Some people will do anything for a buck! Pretty stupid though to try and use the IRS.

  • Teddy Aug 28, 2007

    ya right; "were sorry we took $80 too much, we would like you to have it back" what a hoot!

  • doorman888 Aug 28, 2007

    They taketh away, but they certainly do not give!

  • raptor101 Aug 28, 2007

    garnertoy... exactly!!

  • garnertoy Aug 28, 2007

    Like the irs is going to give you something