CALIFORNIA COMMUNISTS FUND CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY? (UPDATED)
DANGER: GOP CONSIDERING AMNESTY

TAX TIME: HERE COME THE SCAMMERS

As the night follows the day, scammers follow the money. And what better occasion to bilk the gullible than during tax time where many Americans receive tax refunds that were withheld by their employer. So I was not surprised that I received a bogus email purportedly from the IRS.

FACT: IRS DOES NOT COMMUNICATE WITH INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYERS BY EMAIL.

FACT: IRS DOES NOT ASK YOU FOR YOUR PERSONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION WHICH SHOULD ALREADY BE INCLUDED IN YOUR FILED TAX RETURN.

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Note the scammers want you to create a valid e-Refund account that they can then use to either claim your refund or, even worse, file a bogus return that would lead to a massive refund. Note also that the scammers are seeking bank information that can rain your account of funds. And, the bank is under no obligation to return those long-gone funds to make you whole. You are screwed, except for the fact you can file a personal casualty loss deduction on your next tax return. See IRS tax topic 515 for more information.

Red flags are flying…

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Other than the fact that the IRS does not engage with taxpayers in this manner, consider that the address does not originate from a .gov domain address, and the message is blindly sent to “Recipients” to mask a mass-email. Asain, note the domain name is not a government site.

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Bottom line…

Take a deep breath when you see apparently “official” emails. And should you doubt the origin of the communication, can the sender directly – but do not use any phone number supplied in the communication.

Forewarned is forearmed – don’t screw yourself with fat fingers that outrun the brain.

-- steve


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