This sounds phishy to us …

ScamNew tax scams pop up pretty often in this Internet age, but even I was surprised to come across two of them in a single day.

First, there's this report from the myth-busters at It concerns an e-mail notification -- allegedly from the IRS -- alerting recipients that they are eligible for a refund. All they have to do is "click here" to access the necessary "forms."

It's a scam, of course.

So is this one. It's a warning from the IRS about a new e-mail con that promises recipients $80 if they will complete an online customer satisfaction survey.

Here's a good rule to follow: If you receive an e-mail solicitation that seems to be from the IRS, ignore it.

“The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers through e-mail," said Linda Stiff, the IRS's deputy commissioner for operations support. "Taxpayers should always use caution when they receive unsolicited e-mails.” The IRS also will never ask you for PIN numbers, passwords or "similar secret access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts."

Have you received either of these e-mails? Do you know anyone who has fallen victim to similar scams?


Bill Sheridan