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If you receive an unsolicited email that appears to be from the IRS requesting that you file a "tax refund request," do not fall victim to this identity theft scheme.

Numerous people are receiving unsolicited email (see the example below) informing them that a $9,390.55 IRS tax refund is due to them if they complete a tax refund request form. The email code will be forged to appear as if it originated from a trusted source, usually the IRS or an IRS tax preparer, but viewing the "message header" or "message source" will reveal it's origin to be something else, and the link will not lead to a trusted domain, but one controlled by identity theft criminals.

If you file a tax return and a refund is due, you will automatically receive your refund. You will never be contacted by the IRS, and there is no tax refund request form. Never disclose personal information to any unsolicited inquiry, as compelling as the story may be. If it's too good to be true, it's most likely not true.

If you have questions or concerns about any IRS tax refund you may have due, you should access the official IRS "Where's My Refund" online application at the following destination:,,id=96596,00.html

phishing email example:
We appreciate your diligence in recognizing an email as suspicious and bringing it to our attention. Please be assured that we work around the clock with international authorities to detect and eliminate online threats of phishing websites with all urgency and immediacy. We contribute to the Antiphishing Workgroup, Digital Phishnet, Electronic Crimes Taskforce, InfraGard, High Tech Crime Investigators Assn, and are widely recognized as a leading figure in online security and consumer protection. Please see the "about us" link on any page of the website for more information. If you received an IRS Phishing email, please forward it to BOTH the following email addresses to help the investigation and prosecution of these cases:

For more information, please see the following links:
Phishing warning:,,id=155344,00.html
IRS refund scams:,,id=170894,00.html

If you have already disclosed personal information to a phishing email, immediately contact any of your financial institutions disclosed, tell them what happened and instruct them to put your accounts under a fraud watch.

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