They are fakes. This latest cyber scam involves e-mails that appear to be from IRS announcing a refund and asking for the recipient’s Social Security number and credit card data to get the money.
But the IRS never e-mails filers about refunds. If you receive one of these phony notices, don’t bite. Forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete the message.
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Glenna Mae Hendricks. She is an entrepreneur and income tax consultant, so we get lots of good tax tips from her. She is an oenophile (“look that up in your Funk and Wagnall’s,” she says), and a wine enjoyment teacher/guide who also writes wine notes at the Allen’s Retail Liquors site. Her political thoughts (and occasional outbursts of domesticity) appear at Old Feminist and Wild-eyed Liberal.