Beware of Bogus IRS e-mail

from Consumer Reports Money Advisor, 11/2007

The Internal Revenue Service is warning about yet another bogus e-mail that looks like it was sent by the agency. The scam offers recipients $80 for participating in an online survey. Along with customer satisfaction questions, the survey asks participants for their name, phone number and credit card data. (The one I received stated that I have $246.00 refund available and to receive it, click on the attached link.) The info will probably be used to call the participant later in an attempt to get other financial details, which could enable the scammers to withdraw funds from bank accounts, run up charges on credit cards or take out loans in the victim’s name. The IRS says it never sends unsolicited e-mail.