Michigan Department of Treasury story about an IRS scam warning-Truth! and Fiction!
Michigan Department of Treasury Story About an IRS Scam Warning-Truth! & Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
According to this story, the Michigan Department of Treasury got an alert from the IRS about an email scam. The scam is described as one in which people receive emails saying that they are under an "e-audit" and need to complete a questionnaire. The message says the answers need to be emailed within 48 hours or penalties will be assessed. Among the questions are requests for personal information including Social Security numbers. The message warns taxpayers not to respond to the message because the IRS does not conduct "e-audits" and doesn't notify people of pending audits via email
Technically, this eRumor is not entirely true because it got a couple of key facts wrong, but the warning is one to take to heart.
As claimed, it was posted on the website of the Michigan Department of Treasury. The IRS did not issue a warning about this particular email message, however, because the text is apparently from a promotional email, perhaps Spam, not necessarily a scammer.
Still, the advice is good to heed. If anyone requests personal information and especially Social Security or credit card numbers, be suspicious.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
The Michigan Department of Treasury recently received an alert from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about a fraudulent scam being conducted by e-mail, that you should look out for.
The IRS Criminal Investigations Division
sent out an alert to law
enforcement agencies regarding this scam.
READ and FORWARD to others,
so they might not be a victim of what could
seriously damage you
Some taxpayers have received e-mails from a
source indicating that
the taxpayer is under audit and needs to
questionnaire within 48
hours to avoid the assessment of penalties
interest. The e-mail refers
to an “e-audit” and references IRS form
taxpayer is asked for
social security numbers, bank account
information. The IRS does not conduct
does it notify taxpayers
of a pending audit via e-mail.
That e-mail is not from the IRS. Any e-mail
of this nature should
be saved so that a computer forensics
can be conducted to
determine the originator. Law enforcement
should remain cognizant
of this latest identity theft ploy. And this
engineering exploit is
not limited to the U.S.A. A criminal in your
can also pull a scam
like this. Be Warned! More info at:
[email protected] – Federal Law
Enforcement Officers Association