Tax refund 'phishing' scams

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  1. snowbound

    snowbound Retired Moderator

    Feb 18, 2003
    The Big Smoke

    Beware of tax refund 'phishing' scams
    Scores of fake sites tempt Web users with schemes posing as IRS

    ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- It's just the news that hardworking taxpayers want to see in their inbox: an update on their refund from the Internal Revenue Service.

    But instead of clicking on that e-mail's links, federal officials advise you to hit the delete key.

    That's because dozens of scams, known as "phishing" schemes, are making the rounds, poised to steal your personal information.

    "This phishing scheme is exploding," said IRS Commissioner Mark Everson

  2. MojoWorkin

    MojoWorkin Registered Member

    Dec 16, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Not from fake IRS site, but a credit union.
    I received this phishing mail today, also beware:

    Philadelphia FCU Online Banking
    <> to me

    Dear Customer,

    We've noticed that you experienced trouble logging into Philadelphia FCU Online Banking.

    After three unsuccessful attempts to access your account, your Philadelphia FCU Online Profile has been locked. This has been done to secure your accounts and to protect your private information. Philadelphia FCU is committed to make sure that your online transactions are secure.

    To verify your account and your identity please call our Account Maintenance Department at (517) 736-3713 24 hours / 7 days a week.

    Philadelphia Federal Credit Union
    Online Customer Service

    I also had some from fake Chase Bank site,and submitted them to the local Chase office here.
    Be careful everybody
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