Yesterday I received an email that looked like it came from the IRS. The subject was ominous:

Notice of Unreported Income

I can tell you, it gave me that hollow feeling in my stomach, like when you know you’re in for some really bad news.

In the body of the email it gave some official looking information and a link:

Taxpayer ID: bipin-00000017687877US

Tax Type: INCOME TAX

Issue: Unreported/Underreported Income (Fraud Application)

Please review your tax statement on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Attached please find)

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Internal Revenue Service

There was a link in the email that at first glance did look like it came from the IRS website. The link started with http://www.irs.gov….. which I know to be the actual IRS website. However, when I looked at the entire link, I saw that the domain was actually www.irs.gov.eu, which means that it is a European site. I took it a step further and plugged that “issue” into a search engine and the very first result was for news site that was reporting this as an identity theft scam. Another of the search results was from one of my favorite sites, Snopes.com.

The IRS website has a page where you can report phishing emails that appear to be coming from the IRS.

Today, I received three more emails and rather than having links in them, they had attachments. If you receive one of these emails, don’t open any attachments or click on any links in it. In fact don’t even open it.

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4 Responses to “Scam Alert: Underreported Income Email”

  1. People kill me doing this stuff. The sad part is there are people out there that fall for it, because they are undereducated about these types of scams. One thing people should be aware of is that if you ever try something and the offer is from somewhere else besides the US or Canada and it turns out to be a scam, then you are just out of luck. Nothing can be done legally about it. I learned this the hard way and lost some money that I was not able to get back. Then the bank ended up closing my account that I had had for years, because I was not able to put the money back that those people ended up getting from me. No, I didn’t give them my account number. It was worked in a way that they got cash after giving me cash. It all seemed really legitimate at the time.

  2. Karen says:

    Thanks for doing your part in exposing the scams out there. I get so disappointed when I see almost every work at home opportunity preying on the uninformed poor suckers, if I may be so blunt
    Karen recently posted..Work From Home- Ideal for Moms

  3. Leslie Truex says:

    Another phishing scam email I hate is the one that says its trying to retrieve your scam losses for you. I don’t know how these people sleep at night.
    Leslie Truex recently posted..Work At Home Jobs August 9- 2010

  4. sharon says:

    Seriously Leslie! I couldn’t believe it the first time I saw that one. How low is that? It’s bad enough to steal money from people, but to pretend that they’re trying to protect them from that very scam and then steal money from them. We just have to keep trying to get the word out there.

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