Email Scams

The Internal Revenue Service on Monday confirmed that an E-mail purporting to be from the IRS is part of a scam designed to trick users to revealing their personal information, including Social Security and credit card numbers.

The Subject line of the email, reads "Refund Notice!" and claims to be from

A portion of the email reads, "You filed your tax return and you're expecting a refund.  You have just one question and you want the answer now -- Where's My Refund?  Access this secure Web site to find out if the IRS received your return and whether your refund was processed and sent to you.  New program enhancements allow you to begin a refund trace on line if you have not received your check within 28 days from the original IRS mailing date."

The email goes on to ask for the recipient's name, Social Security and credit card 

IRS spokesman Eric Smith said the scam is a variation of a separate ruse that surfaced last November.  At the time, the IRS said the scheme was an attempt to trick email recipients into disclosing their personal and financial data, a practice called Phishing.  The IRS also said it does not ask for personally identifying or financial information via unsolicited email.

 If you do need to check on your refund you can go out to the IRS Web Site and click on "Where's My Refund", or you can call toll free at 1-800-829-1954.