Scammers are offering bogus tax refunds


Monday, January 28th 2008, 7:10 pm
By: News 9


By Amy Lester, NEWS 9

Scammers are targeting some Oklahomans by offering bogus tax refunds. 

Internal Revenue Service Spokesperson, David Stell, said the e-mail making its way around the internet looks like the IRS really sent it.  The message said you are eligible for a tax refund of a certain amount.  All you have to do is click a link and then you're sent to a page requesting personal information.

"It wants your bank account information or your credit card information," Stell said. "The idea here is not to deposit money in your account like they say, but they want to take money out or make charges on your credit card."

The web page asks for your social security number and ATM numbers. Stell said the IRS will never ask for this information.

"The IRS does not notify taxpayers of refunds by email or by phone," Stell said. "If you get an e-mail purporting to offer a refund the best advice is to delete it."

If you're entitled to a refund, you'll know when you fill out your tax forms, not through an e-mail or phone call.

If you receive a suspicious email, report it to the IRS.  You can forward the email to phishing@irs.gov so the IRS can investigate it.