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Friday, May 23, 2008

NC Attorney General Warning About Fake IRS Contact

New Alert from NC Attorney General Roy Cooper warnng against giving out any information that appear to be requests from the IRS.
Attorney General Roy Cooper Warns North Carolina Consumers about Fake IRS Emai

SCAM: Consumers in North Carolina have received phishing emails that claim to come from the IRS. The phony emails tell people that they have qualified for an economic stimulus refund and can receive their money more quickly by providing their bank account information. The phishing emails include a link to a website where people are asked to provide their bank account and other personal information, supposedly so their economic stimulus refund can be deposited directly into their account. The fake emails even tell people that their refund will be delayed if they don’t provide this information.

TIPS: The IRS is not contacting people about their refunds by email, so don’t take the bait. Always beware of emails that ask for personal information such as your Social Security Number or bank account number. Many times, these emails contain the logos of real companies to make them more believable. Don’t be fooled by them. Never reply to these emails or click on any links. If you do respond to a phishing email, contact your bank and credit card company immediately. Finally, it’s always a good idea to use updated antivirus and firewall software on your computer.

If you’ve been the victim of a similar scam, please contact Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division for assistance at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.

This message brought to you on behalf of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.

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