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Stimulus checks focus of new e-mail scam

Posted May 15, 2008

— Authorities have warned people to beware of e-mails promising faster stimulus checks from the federal government in exchange for personal information.

“These phishing e-mails are a scam designed to steal your personal information and drain your bank account,” state Attorney General Roy Cooper said in a statement. “The IRS isn’t contacting people about their refunds by e-mail, so don’t take the bait.”

The e-mails appear to come from the Internal Revenue Service and tell recipients they can receive their stimulus check from the government more quickly by providing their bank account information for direct deposit, Cooper said. The e-mails tell recipients their checks will be delayed if they don't provide the information, he said.

The IRS never requests taxpayers' personal information by e-mail, according to the FBI, which also has warned people about the e-mails.

People with questions about their stimulus checks can call a toll-free rebate hotline at 1-866-234-2942.


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  • owlady May 19, 2008

    Oh, and also. My Bank, in NC wants the customers to deposit our stimulus checks into a Savings Account. They had an advertisement posted on my bank statement. I don't think that is what Bush had in mind! ha

  • owlady May 19, 2008

    WRAL Classified customers also receive bogus emails. FYI --
    I am selling furniture and have already received two emails asking ME for my personal information so the "buyer" can send "cheque", (spelled like this)..and then I am to deposit into my account, then have their shipping company pick up the furniture.....OH, YEAH RIGHT? NOT !!!!

  • Johnny Da Lounge May 19, 2008

    Maybe, we should all give bogus information to these jerks, and waste their time for a change.

  • They call me CATMAN May 19, 2008

    jailorjoe1978 thanks for reminding me I have won the UK lottery so many time's.

  • jailorjoe1978 May 16, 2008

    I have learned after winning the UK lottery hundreds of times, being promised an inheritance by 50+ absolute strangers, the yahoo lottery, paypal scams, and other phishing scams that if its not from someone i know, or from a company that i do business with... I shouldnt even bother opening it. not to try and pitch for another company but the only email i know that can filter out nearly all of this junk is gmail. none of the others have good enough spam protection. none of this stuff makes it to my inbox anymore even though i can recieve between 30-50 spam emails in a day.

  • Godschild43 May 15, 2008

    IRS would neaver email any one.

  • Scubagirl May 15, 2008

    unfortunately lots of folks would fall for this I'm afraid.

  • enoughsenough May 15, 2008

    Who would fall for this?

  • cktnme May 15, 2008

    I received this email myself. I knew it was a scam; after all I am receiving money from the IRS, not paying it to them! Besides, the address it was sent from was service at irs.gov-that was the first give away! Service? Who were they trying to kid?

  • RAA0013 May 15, 2008

    We already spent our economic stimulus check so the phishers are too late! If even just this once the gov't decides to give me money rather than take it from me - I'm spending it and fast before they can change their minds!