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New Email Scam Hits Montgomery

When Montgomery businessman Peter Land checked his email, he thought he found a message from the IRS.

The message claimed Uncle Sam had some extra money waiting just for him.

"It said, 'you are authorized a tax refund of 109 dollars through your credit card,'" Land explained.

Suspicious, he clicked the link inside the email, which brought him to a web page identical to that of the IRS.

However, this site asked for too much information, including Land's Social Security Number, credit card and ATM pin.

He immediately took a copy of the message to the local IRS office.

"They looked at it and said, 'That's a fraud, but it's a very well done fraud.,'" Land explained.

It's one of many scams the IRS has encountered over the past few months.

In an online statement, the agency advises the public to be cautious, letting them know about the phishing scams and reminding taxpayers the IRS doesn't even send solicitation emails:

"The phony Web page asks taxpayers to enter their credit card numbers instead of the exact amount of refund as shown on their tax return, as the real "Where's My Refund?" page does. Moreover, the IRS does not send e-mails to taxpayers to advise them of refunds or to request financial information." (Source: irs.gov)

Land, who was cautious the second the email hit his inbox, says the level of sophistication is unusual.

"It was so well presented and orchestrated," he said.

With the rise of phishing scams and identity theft, Land says a little caution goes a long way.

"Being vigilant and alert is our main defense," he explained.

The agency's spokesman tells WSFA 12 News the IRS will never send a solicitation email, and any correspondence that asks for private financial information should immediately raise a red flag.

NOTE:  If you find any of these emails in your inbox, the IRS urges you to copy and paste the text into a new email and send it to the agency.

Their email address: phishing@irs.gov.

 

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke

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