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Warning: Tax scammers pose as IRS

Published: Fri, April 9, 2010 @ 11:35 a.m.

COLUMBUS — As Ohioans file taxes and await their tax refunds, Attorney General Richard Cordray today warned that scammers are using IRS phishing ploys to try to steal personal information.

"This tax season, scammers are pretending to be the IRS to make their ploys seem legitimate," Cordray said. "They're using the IRS logo to send phony e-mails with phony tax information. The real IRS won't send e-mails to discuss this information."

In one case, a Washington County consumer reported receiving an e-mail message on IRS letterhead. The message said the IRS would send her tax refund to her credit card company. Suspiciously, her husband, who filed jointly, did not receive this message. To receive her refund, the e-mail said the consumer had to click on a link that said "Complete Formular."

Similarly, a Franklin County consumer received an official-looking e-mail that indicated she was eligible for an additional IRS refund.

Cordray reminded consumers that the IRS does not discuss tax account information with consumers via e-mail.


1pci510(105 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Last year tax scammers used Fifth Third Bank to extract near $3000.00 saying it was for the IRS yet the people whom had the money extracted from their account never received information from the Federal Court saying it was due. In fact the IRS had sent notification that there was not taxes due and this information was sent to the bank.
The people who administrates within Fifth Third Bank would not even sit down and discuss why the garnishment was placed on the account. Posted by a family member

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