IRS scam circulating in cyberspace

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - "We have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 648 dollars and 50 cents." This is how an e-mail claiming to be from the IRS reads. It's circulating through cyberspace and if you're not careful you could fall victim. It claims that you are owed a stimulus payment but you must fill out a form with your credit card and banking information in order to receive it.

The form appears to be on the IRS website and looks legitimate. Given these economic times many people seem quick to enter in their private information to get their cash. But officials warn to think before you click.

"The IRS will not send an e-mail to you telling you that you are entitled to a refund," says local Better Business Bureau President, Tom Gallagher. "Take a look at the website and there are always juxtapositions."

The biggest tell tale sign that the e-mail is a scam other than the misspellings on the website or the fact that they ask for your atm pin number, is that no matter where you click on the website, it still brings you back to the form asking for your personal banking information.

If you have received this e-mail the only thing you should click is delete.

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