tax refund

Call me easily amused, but it just boggles my mind that this kind of spam seems to work (or why would they keep doing it?).

Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. Homepage

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $376.44
Please click on the link to continue:
A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.
We apologize for the problems caused, and is very grateful for your collaboration.

Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated.

Quinton Kiah
Tax Refunds Department

Copyright © 2009 Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. All rights reserved.

Let’s see what’s wrong with this one.  How about going top to bottom?

1)  The alternate text on the image is ” Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. Homepage.”  (Mouse over the image to see it).  “Homepage”? We Americans are only concerned with the IRS of the United States – but we never mention the “U.S.A.” part.  That’s assumed, unless you live in Nigeria.

2)  This is obviously written by or for someone who does not do their own taxes.  The IRS does not perform “annual calculation” of our “fiscal activity.”  They check the “annual calculations” that we do ourselves and give to them.

3)  “Click on the link.”  Nope.  Hover over the link and look in the status bar to see where it goes –  Remember, that translates to something at  Not very governmental sounding.

4)  “We … is very grateful for your collaboration.”  Well, you be welcome then.

5) Be accurate, or be indicated.

6) Sincerely, Quinton Kiah.

Actually, I’d believe this one.  No con man makes up a name like that (for an American IRS representative).

7) “Copyright © 2009 Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. All rights reserved.”  Now the IRS is supposed to be copyrighting refund notices?  Maybe only the IRS of U.S.A.
So, what is left to be Right?

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.
Tax Refunds Department

That, I can believe.



This was so silly that I didn’t even try to look it up online.  However, I stumbled on the page at that covers this email.  They add the expected words straight from the IRS:

The IRS says about such e-mails that:

The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail. In addition, the IRS does not request detailed personal information through e-mail or ask taxpayers for the PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank or other financial accounts.

Do not open any attachments to questionable e-mails, which may contain malicious code that will infect your computer. Please be advised that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers via e-mails.

The hyperlink above contains information about how to report phishing e-mails purporting to originate with the IRS.

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