Scambusters, Preventing Internet Scams & Phishing Attempts

This blog is dedicated to help preventing internet fraud and internet scams. Scambusters was a radio show I started in Albany Oregon, but due to defaulted payment by the radio station we took the show offline. Regardless of this issue we still wish to help prevent internet fraud and save people from internet loss. I have been interviewed and featured in various publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times & Daily News, The London Times & AARP Newsletters. Please watch this blog for latest tips and tricks and scams to avoid.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Scam Email / Fake: Notice From Department of the Treasury

Scam Email / Fake: Notice From Department of the Treasury, received today 5/16. Senior are especially vulnerable to IRS scams.

There are so many things wrong with this email to make it obvious that it is a scam, the first one is that the IRS does not email you regarding a refund or claims, you will be contacted by a letter.

Also a 501(c) (3) is not a "refundable issue" but a charity non-profit category for a business / company. You don't get a refund under any section of501(c) (3)

Other obvious facts..

1. Bad Spelling (he maner of section; and the realtionship) to name only two.
2. The fact the email was sent from "" in Amsterdam Holland
3. That the link (removed) takes you to a website called "indopreneur" with a copy of the IRS site. This site is very dangerous as it asks for your SS# as well as Credit Card Number and CVV and your PIN Code. Can red flags be any redder?
4. There is a 4 and a 5 and 6 but why bother, this is enough, totally clear… what a fake!

--- scam email below--- links removed ----

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity
we have determined that you are eligible to receive
a tax refund under section 501(c) (3) of the
Internal Revenue Code. Tax refund value is $189.60.
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days
in order to IWP the data received.
If u don't receive your refund within 9 business
days from the original IRS mailing date shown,
you can start a refund trace online.

If you distribute funds to other organization, your records must show wether
they are exempt under section 497 (c) (15). In cases where the recipient org.
is not exempt under section 497 (c) (15), you must have evidence the funds will
be used for section 497 (c) (15) purposes.

If you distribute fund to individuals, you should keep case histories showing
the recipient's name and address; the purpose of the award; the maner of
section; and the realtionship of the recipient to any of your officers, directors,
trustees, members, or major contributors.

To access the form for your tax refund, please (click here removed)

This notification has been sent by the Internal Revenue Service,
a bureau of the Department of the Treasury.

Sincerely Yours,

John Stewart
Director, Exempt. Organization
Rulings and Agreements Letter
Internal Revenue Service

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