Beware of scams around tax time

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Don't be fooled by an e-mail circulating on some computer systems, including Microsoft Outlook. It claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Red flag number one. It claims to offer you a stimulus check. Red flag number two. It asks for all your personal information. Red flag number three.

"While we do not have any specific information about this e-mail that's going around right now, we do know that it would not be coming from IRS because they do not get in touch with people that way," said Bobby Horton, a professional tax preparer. The best advice tax preparers and police give is to delete the e-mail and certainly don't share any personal information.


From: Internal Revenue Service [mail]

Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 10:16 AM

Subject: Submit your Economic Stimulus Payment form [ID: SP-524.1374]

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a Stimulus Payment.

Please submit the Stimulus Payment form in order to process it.

A Stimulus Payment can be delayed for a variety of reasons.

For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.

To submit your Stimulus Payment form, please download the attached document.

Note: If filing or preparation fees were deducted from your 2007 Refund or you received a refund anticipation loan, you will be receiving a check instead of a direct deposit.


Internal Revenue Service