I just received two messages from the “Internal Revenue Service” sent to two different email addresses. I am going to get $109.30! The address in the From was “firstname.lastname@example.org” while the Reply-To was “email@example.com” To collect my refund, I go to “http://www.redalkemi.com/try/irs” At that page (on a server based in India) is hard coded the refund amount of $109.30 since I didn’t give any information to them to access my account. The messages were probably sent through infected Windows machines.
After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 109.30 .Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days in order to process it.
You can apply for your refund online here.
A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline. Please be carefull when entering your data.
Internal Revenue Service
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How many ways did this scam get it wrong?
- No dollar sign in front of the refund amount
- No physical mailing address
- Only 6-9 days to process the refund. Is it even possible for the IRS to work that quickly?
- The IRS never makes notifications via email in the first place
- Typo, no space after a period at the end of a sentence
- Misspelling of careful
- Only go to irs.gov for IRS issues
Remember, never ever give out SS#, any kind of financial account information, or password/login information in response to an unsolicited email.
Whois info trace, leading to some big names who are being abused: