The bad guys know money always gets your attention... so they're dangling a little carrot in the form of an email or letter. It offers you an I.R.S. refund, but don't buy it. It's just another identity thief waiting to hear from you.
Leland Deering, a field examiner with the Internal Revenue Service says, "There's only one reason that they want that... because they're going to tap your resources."
Deering says the letters and emails are so widespread, even he was contacted. They're both very official-looking with the I.R.S. logo and lettering. Even though it makes no sense to offer you money back now... the notice says you're eligible for a nice little refund. All you have to do... head to a website and input your personal information like your social security and bank account numbers for a direct deposit.
But don't risk losing your identity and dollars.
Deering adds, "The Internal Revenue Service doesn't deal in emails to...normally to taxpayers. We just don't do it."
The bottom line.... if you're suspicious about a letter or email... don't respond to it. First call the I.R.S.
Agency officials can tell you if they're really trying to reach you and government agents always want to hear about this kind of fraudulent scheme.