Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Warning: Tax Economic Stimulus Rebate Fraud

If you haven’t heard the good news, Congress has approved a measure that will put money into your pockets starting sometime in May. In a previous post, we discuss how big of a rebate you should expect to receive as well as possible financial savvy ways to spend them. The bad news is, wherever there is money, there are scammers. Scammers are posing as the IRS through emails and phone calls promising earlier delivery of your rebate checks, in addition to direct deposits. Milk Your Money has come up with some warning signs to be appraised of in order to avoid becoming a victim.

Phone Calls from the IRS

First, the IRS is not going to be cold calling taxpayers in an attempt to pay them earlier or to offer some type of a direct deposit of your rebate. Last time I checked, the Federal Government has never being itching to put more money into our pockets. Hang up on these phonies. Common sense will prevail, if you let it, when dealing with fraudsters like these.

Emails Requesting Personal Information

A true warning sign of fraudulent emails are ones asking for you to reveal personal information. Financial institutions or government entities will never send you an email asking for things like your social security number, bank account numbers and address. Keep this in mind to avoid frauds down the road. Taxpayers are now receiving emails from IRS posers promising, again, earlier delivery of your stimulus rebates if you give up some personal information. Do not reply to these emails, report them and delete. The most important thing to remember is if you qualify for a rebate, you will receive a check sometime this summer and all you have to do is cash it, no strings attached.

You can report suspicious phone calls and emails to
IRS web site.$

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