The economy is really putting a crunch on everyone's income making a person's wallet more susceptible to trust scammers. People's fears with the economy makes them eager to put more money in their pockets and scammers are using this to their advantage.
Arkansas' Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert Oct. 10 to warn consumers about the latest e-mail scam. This scam uses tax refunds as bait for those receiving the e-mails. The scam uses the Internal Revenue Service's name and its logo to make the receivers of the e-mails believe that they are legitimate e-mails informing them about their refund. The e-mails tell them they must click on a link, which brings them to a form asking for personal information, in order to receive their refund. The scammer is then able to steal the victim's money and identity.
The IRS warns people against falling victim to scammers. Just this year, the IRS has received 1,600 reports of phishing.
The following are some tips the IRS recommends to follow:
"Never provide information in response to an unsolicited request; verify the request for information directly with the entity involved by contacting it using a phone number from an independent source; remember that the IRS never attempts to collect sensitive information via telephone or e-mail; don't open e-mails (or) click on attachments or links if you don't know or trust the sender; and if you receive an unsolicited e-mail communication claiming to be from the IRS, forward the message to firstname.lastname@example.org.\"
People can go to www.irs.gov to find out how to forward deceptive or suspicious e-mails.