Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
These tax refund scams are most common between January and May, before, during and after the filing date (April 15th), but the scammers still try them at other times of the year. Have you received an email from the IRS, telling you that "After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $___"; then instructing you to "access your tax refund, click here"?
It is a scam. The IRS will never, never email you unless you first contact them. They WILL NOT EVER email you to tell you you owe money or are due to receive a refund; or for any other reason. Count on it.
And certainly, the IRS can spell "calculator" correctly.
Notice that the link does NOT go to the IRS, but instead to http://a1f2.com which is directed to woodbridge-mills.co.uk which is clearly operating a scam and a fraud.
January 28, 2008, CFR received the following email:
After the last annual fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days in order to process it.
To access the form for our tax refund calulator, please copy/paste in your browser the link bellow:
© Copyright 2008, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A.
According to Whois.org, this website is owned by a Saudi, who appears to be behind the scam:
nesma4host mustafa hussam (email@example.com) +966.14163020 Fax: +966.00966504461695 ksa ulaya riyadh, saudi arabia SA
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.enom.com
Referral URL: http://www.enom.com
Expiration Date: 2008-11-29
Creation Date: 2005-11-29
Last Update Date: 2007-12-01
The nameservers point to www.myrosy.com. This means that the server (computer) that is holding the website and putting it on the internet is owned by the people who run myrosy.com.
So now we examine myrosy.com. These scam-hosting servers are registered to another Saudi (so much for the Saudi's being friends of America!):
Registrant: myrosy.com Ramzi Shubbar Safwa Safwa, EP 31911 SA Registrar: DOTREGISTRAR Domain Name: MYROSY.COM Created on: 02-APR-03 Expires on: 02-APR-09 Last Updated on: 26-JAN-08 Administrative Contact: Shubbar, Ramzi firstname.lastname@example.org Safwa Safwa, EP 31911 SA 96638 Technical Contact: , AlAli.Net email@example.com ALALI.NET KFUPM 1684 Dhahran, EP 31261 Saudi Arabia 96638602573 96638602326
OrgName: Sago Networks
Address: 4465 W. Gandy Blvd
Address: STE 800
We have written to the hosting company and insisted that they take this site down.
UPDATE February 29, 2008: it appears that the scam pages are down - there is a generic set of ads appearing there now.
If you receive a call from this number or any group that claims to represent a government agency, take down their information, including the contact's name, phone number, etc. Do NOT give them any personal or financial information, especially not a credit card, checking or bank account number, passport number, etc.
Next, look up the direct phone or email address for the agency they claim to represent and call them. Read them the email and ask if it could have come from their agency.
While we don't want to encourage people to ignore correspondence from legal government agencies, it is a safe bet that NO U.S. government agency will make any first contact with you by email. Certainly not the FBI or IRS.
If you receive an unsolicited e-mail purporting to be from the IRS, take the following steps:
And please let us know about any suspicious calls or emails you receive. We look for patterns so that we can alert the authorities and victims to new scams, before it is too late!
If you receive a suspicious e-mail that claims to come from the IRS,
Follow instructions in the link below for sending the bogus e-mail to ensure that it retains critical elements found in the original e-mail. The IRS can use the information, URLs and links in the suspicious e-mails you send to trace the hosting Web site and alert authorities to help shut down the fraudulent sites. Unfortunately, due to the expected volume, the IRS will not be able to acknowledge receipt or respond to you.
U.S. Secret ServicePhone: (202) 435–5850 Fax: (202) 435–5031 Or contact the local U.S. Secret Service Field Office.
Financial Crimes Division
1800 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20223
Frequently Asked Questions - 1.13 IRS Procedures: Reporting Fraud
How to Report Abusive Tax Promotions and/or Promoters:
Complete the referral form which documents the information necessary to report an abusive tax avoidance scheme. The form can be mailed or faxed to the IRS address and fax number on the form.
How to Report Abusive CPAs, Attorneys or Enrolled Agents:
Report suspicious actions by tax professionals to the email address of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility.
Contact the Foreign Commercial Service (FSC) at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. If there is no FCS office, contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the Consular Section or the Regional Security Office.